Cheater, Cheater, Pumpkin Eater

Aiden Gamble

Cheater, cheater pumpkin eater. 

That was the call back on the elementary school playground that followed whenever someone was caught pilfering the last math answer from their bestie. Back then, cheating was a rarity and each perpetrator was instantly hit with a feeling of shame regardless if they got caught or not.

“It was something that used to be shameful,” junior Joshua Bondoc said. “I never liked copying off others because I just got so guilty.”

Yet, with the recent increase in student cheating, mostly in the junior class, many students and teachers have lost faith in the educational integrity of their fellow student.

“With all of the cheating that’s going on teacher just don’t have it in them to trust us.” junior Alex Alario said. “Like, Mrs. Sheffield has really lost her respect for us.”

The respect that many students have worked so hard to gain is slowly to dwindle out of both teachers and students alike. Bondoc said that with actions of a few, the majority of students find themselves suffering.

“I didn’t cheat,” Bondoc said. “But I know some teachers look at me differently simply because I am associated with the junior class.”

It’s not simply the junior class; senior Keleigh Carver said that several seniors have been involved.

“Between taking photos of exams, selling past essays and giving out quiz answers, seniors have definitely played a part of this,” Carver said. “It’s been difficult, because technically those students are in their right to sell out their own work, but it has just made our [senior] class more of a utilizing method for cheating.”

Both Bondoc and Alario agree that it will be difficult for the junior class to bounce back from such a big scandal; they know that with teachers next year such as Kilcoyne and Temperilli, the class as a whole will need to gain integrity in order to have the full trust and hope for their senior teachers.

“I don’t want teachers like Temperilli to assume that I’m a cheater simply because of my class affiliation,”  Bondoc said. “I want to have their respect and have them be able to trust us.”