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Corona del Mar Cheating Scandal
Corona del Mar is a nice city in Southern California, but you have to be very rich or wealthy to live there. They have a very good and productive school system that graduates high school students that go on to bigger and better opportunities and lives.
Recently, however, Corona del Mar has suffered through a major scandal that has involved some of their high school students: It’s called HACKING. The evidence has indicated that the hacking has been going on for quite some time and involves 11 students and a tutor. All 750, 000 grades are to be audited.
The evidence also indicates that the tutor, Timothy Lai, was heavily involved. One of the 11 students told administrators and the police that Lai has asked him to help him (Lai) break into teachers’ computers. The informative student identified 11 other students involved in the scheme, and on Dec. 17 security guards and the school administrators escorted the 11 students from classes.
The evidence proves that the Corona del Mar hacking was going on 6 months before the scandal became known to the public, and that Lai was directly involved. When the police wanted him to be interviewed, he came up missing. The police then obtained a search warrant and searched his apartment and his car. In June, 2013 two high school girls were expelled from school because their grades were actually changed. When the police interviewed them they said a tutor did that for them. The girls would not give the name of the tutor.
On one occasion a student and Lai broke into the school during early morning hours and placed a device called a keylogger on teachers’ computers. As a result many teachers were being hacked at various times. Now all 750, 000 grades must be audited.
Hacking in general has become an enormous problem in the America culture. Many people have been hurt and their lives upset because of hacking. Many did not know their computers were hacked and found out too late after important information was stolen from them. People who have not been hacked feel great discomfort just knowing that it happen at any time and to anyone. Hacking is a very insidious form of cheating. It is one of the evils in the America culture that points to the fact that the American culture is badly broken and beyond repair. Let us hope the Corona del Mar grade keeping system is not beyond repair, because 750, 000 grades to review is an enormous and exacting undertaking.