In Clifton Park, New York, Shenedehowa High School student Matthew C. Beighey came up with the next best thing to getting good grades — keeping teachers from entering bad grades, or any grades at all. Beighey figured out a way to block teachers by inputting incorrect passwords three times for each of them in the system — locking them out temporarily from entering grades.
Beighey, 16, has been charged with two misdemeanors: unauthorized use of a computer and third-degree identity theft.
Beighey was previously charged with felony identify theft as a minor when he used another student’s identity to access the district’s computer system when he was 15. It may be time to take away little Matthew’s computer.
It appears that high school students are learning computer science a bit too well at high school where we are seeing an increasing number of cases of trespass and mischief, here. I do not see why most of these cases have to be handled in the criminal system, however.
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