I was about to leave my algebra class one day when the teacher asked me a question. "Could you do help me out with my roll-book program?" he asked.
"Sure, how can I help?" I replied.
"I'm not sure about how to save back-up copies of my work. Could you show me how?" he said.
At this moment, I realized the scope of his question. I would be able to access the grades for all of his classes.
"Ok…where are your disks?" I answered.
"Right here. I really appreciate this." he said.
I began to show him how to copy files from one disk to another. He thanked me and sent me on my way.
A few days later he asked me to show him how to do it again…because he forgot. When I began to demonstrate this to him, several of the other students noticed and began to talk quietly amongst themselves. Later that day, at lunch time, I was approached by some of the other students in my class.
"Hey, could you help us change our grades in algebra?" They asked.
"I don’t know... I might get caught..." I answered reluctantly.
"Aww... come on.... what are you, chicken?" they taunted. "We'll pay you...."
At that moment I began to think. I could not believe what I was hearing. I could get paid for something very simple. "Alright. I'll do it. What were your last names again?" I said.
The next day my algebra teacher got me to help him out with his roll-book program. When he was not paying attention, I began to change their grades from F's to A's. Later on that day one of students approached me.
"Hey, did you do it?" he asked. "Yes and I expect to be paid in full." I replied.
"Dope!!! Alright… Here's my money. I'll get the others to pay you next time they see you."
I began to become very popular among my peers. They began to treat me like a god with a magical power. I began to change the grades of students in my teachers other classes. Word spread quickly and I became very rich. Everything was going fine until I was called into the Dean's office. When I got there, my teacher was very furious and the Dean had an angry look in his eyes.
"I have known you for 3 years now. I don’t want to believe what your teacher says. But I’m afraid that I must. He has too much evidence." he said.
"Evidence of what?" I replied, trying to play innocent.
"You know perfectly well what I’m talking about. Do you have anything to say for yourself?" He asked.
"No." I said finally.
"I’m afraid I have no choice but to suspend you for the rest of the day. Tomorrow we'll have a conference with your parents to discuss your punishment which will probably be expulsion. I hope you now realize the ramifications of what you have done."
When he said this, I did not realize how serious my actions had been. I had violated the trust of my teacher and the dean. And there was no way back.
I was expelled from my school and transferred to another local high school. I hope that I actually learned my lesson. - Teens versus Law