Student uses stolen password to alter attendance records at Texas high school

Incident Date: January 2005
Incident Location: Tyler TX USA

A student at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler Texas was charged by authorities on January 10, 2005 for altering attendance records at his school. The charges include tampering with a governmental record, a third-degree felony, and breach of computer security, a misdemeanor.

The boy is accused of obtaining and using the password of a school office worker to remove absences from the records of four fellow students, as well as his own. Investigators believe one of the four students paid the other boy to change their records. These students have not been charged with crimes, but do face discipline at school. Investigators are unsure how the boy got a hold of the password.

Students at the school can earn exemptions from selected tests if they have two or less absences during a six-week period. A school official suspects that this might have been the motivation behind the change.

Story Sources

Title: Lee Student Accused of Altering School Records
Author: Mark Collette
Date: 1/14/2005
Publication: Tyler Morning Telegraph
Publication Location: Tyler TX USA
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