June 26, 2009
Carolyn McNeal Earned 58 Failing Grades - Charged With Using School System Passwords To Improve Her Daughter’s Grades
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania (The Weekly Vice) -- Carolyn Maria McNeal, a 39-year-old high school secretary faces 58 charges after using logging into a school computer system to improve her daughter's grades.
According to Huntingdon Police, McNeal used her co worker's passwords to log into a school computer system and change her daughter's grades. She also reportedly used the system to lower the grades of two other students.
Investigators say McNeal changed nearly 200 grades and test scores between May, 2006 and July, 2007. The alleged tampering came to light in October, 2007, when an employee in the high school guidance office discovered conflicting SAT scores. Criminal charges in the case were filed Thursday.
McNeal's daughter's cumulative SAT scores jumped 360 points as a result of the tampering and that the changes came from McNeal's computer, according to court documents.
Employees told investigators they trusted McNeal with their passwords when they were absent due to vacations and sick days. The grades in question have since been corrected.
McNeal now faces felony 29 counts of unlawful use of a computer and 29 felony counts of tampering with public records. Each count is punishable by up to seven years on prison and a $15,000 fine.
The Weekly Vice
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