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Another Student Teenager Hacks School Computer

A high school student of Denver locality has been caught for changing grades.

At Golden High School, a 17-year old student was accused for manipulating grades. An investigation is on according to which the student was arrested on January 22, 2007. However, the authorities did not disclose the name of the student.

The incident occurred just before the school was breaking for winter. Since most teachers maintained students' grades record only on computers, students were asked to bring their reports and notebooks back. So, they could be given the right grades.

The arrested student was the only teen taken into police custody. The Golden police released him against pending investigation. The boy could be punished on grounds of forgery of academic records as well as committing computer crime.

Police hold the view that the student intruded into the campus portal system, which is actually to provide parents access to grades, attendance records and schedules.

According to school officials, the student might have unlocked the password of one of their teachers to gain entry into the PC. Or, perhaps he accessed a logged in computer, which the teacher left unattended.

A spokeswoman for the Jefferson County School District, Lynn Setzer said some teachers keep hard copies of their students' grades, which they reconstruct as records. Denverpost published Setzer's statement on January 22, 2007.

School authorities and Golden police are jointly working to identify all the students they suspect to be associated with the grade-changing incident.

The police department has issued a warning to students who have found their grades changed but haven't reported to get them corrected. Police could charge those students as well.

The Golden High School student is not the only one to commit this kind of crime. Cherry Hill N.J. High School has a similar experience where a student and a recent graduate of the school have been charged with unlawful access to students' grades. If proved guilty the graduate will have a 10-years detention in jail and the minor student could be kept at a juvenile detention center until he becomes 21 years old.

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