In Illinois, a student got expelled at the Glenbrook North High School. He reportedly tried to hack the institution’s grading system. The student was unhappy with the decision and sued the school for imposing a punishment which was ‘unreasonable’ and ‘oppressive’.
The 15-year-old sophomore got the aid of an adult relative to file the lawsuit after Glenbrook High School District 225 officials decided to expel him for the remainder of the year, as well as all of next school year for taking part in the grade-changing scheme.
The said act was the idea of another student, who was responsible in creating a fake email address which looked like it came from the PowerSchool where the grades of the student are electronically recorded.
The student supposedly created a fake email which was used to provide a link to teachers, asking them to log in according to the lawsuit and a report from the district hearing officer. The fake login page was used by the student to capture the passwords of the teachers who clicked the link. Two teachers fell for the scheme. With the passwords at hand, the student confessed to the investigators that he was able to see the grades of the students and were even able to edit them according to the officer’s report.
The lawsuit claims that the student’s participation was trivial. It says in here that another student shared a teacher’s stolen password and he tried to use this but failed in the process. While this may be so, the student admitted to sending emails to two teachers asking for his grades and included in these emails was the link to the fake website created by the other student. The student’s identity is not shared with the public. His attorney refuses to comment about the lawsuit.
The student as given a ten-day suspension before the expulsion was handed down late last month after a formal hearing. It is not yet clear if the other students involved in the hacking were also given an expulsion notice from the school.