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Cutting Class, With the School's Help

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Via the Globe & Mail: it used to be that when you wanted to cut class, you’d have to get a friend to sign you into class, or you’d have to beat your parents home to delete any incriminating messages on the answering machine. But those methods are bush league compared to a recent California initiative. United Press International reports that 50 high school students were caught colluding with a school administrator in an attendance scam:

By paying for an administrative password to attendance software called PowerSchool, Berkeley High School students were able to manipulate attendance data. The scheme allowed for students to skip classes without their parents being informed — until spring break began April 2 and administrators discovered the breach.

Four students were reportedly the leaders of the scheme and sold the software passwords to their peers. All students involved in the scam have been suspended.