Student Hacker Changes Dozens of Grades

Louisiana school suspends about 45 kids, so far
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2015 2:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – At Beau Chene High School in Louisiana this year, you could study diligently to raise your grades—or else just know a hacker described by a classmate as "a cool dude." The cool dude, an unidentified senior, managed to get into the school's computer system to change dozens of grades, reports the Daily World. He allegedly raised the grades of friends, and changed others in exchange for money or, according to one student, sexual favors. He may have lowered some, too.

A suspicious parent raised the alarm to school authorities, who finally figured out what was going on. At least 45 kids have been suspended so far. The best guess is that the hacker got access to the system when a full-time teacher gave the password to a substitute, who then needed help logging into the system. Cool dude was happy to lend a hand. "Youngsters today are not like in my time," the local schools superintendent tells KATC. "They live and breathe these computers and technology, but we are trying to get some things in place where this type of activity doesn't happen again."

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