Monday, June 02, 2008

Principal, student punished for plagiarism

Ah, the memories the Naperville Central High class of 2008 will have. The school in Illinois has had the Principal fired and the class Valedictorian punished. Why? Because they both got caught plagiarizing.

The Naperville Sun reported, "Naperville Central High School Principal Jim Caudill isn’t the only one Naperville School District 203 is punishing for plagiarism. During a Thursday afternoon press conference in which District 203 officials announced that Caudill would likely be 'reassigned' due to his admitted transgression, Superintendent Alan Leis revealed that portions of the commencement address delivered by Central’s valedictorian also appear to be plagiarized. Leis would not identify the valedictorian by name, but, in covering Central’s May 21 graduation ceremony, Central administrators reported that Steven “Hankong” Su was the valedictorian for Central’s class of 2008."

I am not sure of what either case of plagiarism is but the video of the commencement is being edited to remove some segments. That probably is a clue as to what happened. I am afraid plagiarism in commencements is fairly common. How many ways can you say basically the same thing? This probably just does not get caught very often.

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