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Students hack into school system, change grades

10:34 PM, Jan 12, 2007   |    comments
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Students say it’s causing lots of confusion and frustration at the end of the first semester.

“I think it's pretty extreme and almost pathetic really,” said Jamie Hamilton, a senior.

Investigators are looking into whether students hacked into the campus portal system, which is meant to give parents access to grades, schedules and attendance records.

“People started giving themselves A’s,” said Hamilton.

“And everyone was getting accused of doing it,” said Hannah LaFalche, a sophomore.

Golden High School students say the hackers changed the grades for themselves and others just before winter break and the end of the first semester.

“I didn’t think students could get in so easily,” said Brooke Palmer, a sophomore.

Students’ reactions range from frustration to amusement.

“I think it’s kind of sad that people feel they have to cheat like that,” said Hamilton.

“Pretty naughty, but I give them props for getting in,” said a laughing Palmer.

Administrators do not even know how many grades may have been changed. It could be low as 15 students or as high as 200.

Students are now being asked to go back and prove what grade they should be receiving.

“The teachers don’t know what to do because they don’t keep their hard files, they just keep them on the computers,” said LaFalche.

Students say teachers are asking them to bring back what they can; tests, notebooks, anything and everything.

“That was a big deal, having to bring back all of your homework,” said LaFalche.

Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson declined to go on camera for 9NEWS but says her staff is working hard to find out how it happened. When they do, she says security will be improved.

The district will not say if any students have been caught or how many are suspected of hacking into the system.

Stevenson says parents can have confidence in the integrity of the campus portal system.

Golden students say they wonder if they can have confidence in their grades.

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