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3 Palos Verdes Honors Students Arrested for Breaking Into Classrooms in Elaborate Grade-Changing, Test-Stealing Plot

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Three juniors at Palos Verdes High School were arrested yesterday for their role in an elaborate grade-changing, test-stealing plot.

The honors students were looking for nothing more than an "A-" in the grade books of their four teachers (and a little cash from selling test), but now they have a criminal record and will likely be expelled from school, according to the Daily Breeze.

"These kids would have been going to a very good college without any academic dishonesty. That's the sad part about it," Principal Nick Stephany told the Daily Breeze.

The three students managed to pick the lock of the janitors' closet after-hours so they could get the master key to the teachers' classrooms. Once they broke into the classrooms, they were able to attach keyloggers to their teachers' computers that would allow the students to figure out the teachers' passwords.

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Armed with the teachers' passwords, the students would return to the classrooms another night to hack into their teachers' computers to change their grades and steal tests that they would use for themselves or sometimes sell to other students. They wouldn't tweak their grades too much—just enough to bump their grades up to an "A-". Two other students had their grades changed, too. They did this as many as 20 times without getting caught. One student came forward to the administration to tell them what was going on, and that's when teachers noticed the problems with grade-keeping and the scandal unraveled.

"They were very bright kids," Principal Nick Stephany said. "They were in AP and honors classes. Am I shocked? Yeah. Definitely by the extent of it. None of these kids had any real trouble before."