SANTA FE (KRQE) – They weren’t the best students, but they’re not dumb. A group of high school students found a way to change their grades, but it’s a cheating scandal that’s going to cost them.
Santa Fe’s Capital High School is the “Home of the Jaguars” and about 1,400 students. A few of them, 21, recently found themselves in some trouble.
“Actually, I was kind of involved too,” Isidro Ramos said. “I got blamed for selling the password.”
A senior at Capital, Ramos says he was accused of selling a teacher’s password to an online grade book.
“I wasn’t even selling it,” he said. “It’s their word against mine.”
“I just took my punishment and we’ll see what happens now.”
The district says it’s looking into how students got a hold of the password and then used it to give themselves better grades.
The students were part of a special online course that gets kids up to graduation standards.
“Some kids finished really quickly and that raised up some flags and that’s how it spread out,” senior Jesus Holguin said.
A district spokesperson says some grades were changed once, others more than once.
All of the students involved were suspended for two days and will have to start the class over from the beginning. It could affect some from graduating on time.
“It probably got them thinking you know so they could see what they had done,” Karina Lopez, a student at Capital said.
Santa Fe Public Schools wouldn’t go on camera with KRQE News 13 Tuesday but released the following statement.
“Unfortunately at times, children make bad decisions. As educators, it is important to hold students accountable for their actions as well as use mistakes as teachable moments. ”
One student told News 13 that the kids who were caught got that password when a substitute teacher left the grade book up at a computer. We tried to ask the district about this, they did not return our call.