You may remember a couple weeks ago, we caught Gavin plagiarizing on a homework assignment. He was supposed to create his own sentences using that weeks vocabulary words.
This isn’t the first time he’s had this type of assignment.
However, while we have had to take a mostly hands off approach to his homework, we do spot check it from time to time. We do this so that we can keep tabs on where he’s at and what he’s doing.
Lizze happen to be the one spot checking that assignment and she realized right away that Gavin didn’t create those sentences.
When questioned, Gavin got upset because we were questioning him.
He then admitted that he copied the sentences directly from the dictionary. After we discussed why this was wrong with him, he admitted that he knew it was wrong but he just didn’t want to do the work and this was easier.
He wasn’t sorry and we wanted to send a message that cheating won’t be tolerated.
The following morning we met with his teachers and explained what happened. She said that he knew he wasn’t allowed to do that. Lizze and I wanted him held accountable for this and felt he should get an automatic zero. We also wanted him to redo the paper correctly but insisted that the original paper be graded and he receive a zero due to him cheating.
After several conversations about this, we finally went to the principal who agreed with our approach and let it be known that going forward, any cheating will result in a zero, without question.
Gavin came home today bragging about his grades. That’s not a bad thing because we want him to take pride in his work. However, this is what we found among the graded papers.
This is the front side of the paper he cheated on.
She made him redo the paper and allowed him to earn a 97% on a paper he cheated on. The grade should have even been lower but she corrected some of his mistakes.
I feel like my fricking head is going to explode. He’s bragging that he got an A on this paper and he knows how we felt and what we wanted to happen.
It’s really hard to be proud of something like this. He cheated and got away with it.
This is one of those things that I have to decide whether or not to fight this fight. Everything in me wants to march into the school and demand this paper be thrown out and his grade reduced to a zero. At the same time however, we also has about a zillion other fights we have to engage in as well.
Nothing we do is going to keep Gavin from doing this again but I want so badly for him to learn a fucking lesson. For once, I want to see him held accountable by someone other than Lizze and myself. I wish that people could see through his bullshit and help us keep him on the right path as long as possible.
I’m at a loss for words right now… I’m so angry, frustrated and disappointed…..
Honestly, what’s the point of even trying with him anymore?
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