Redwood City Parents Sue School District Over Student’s Cheating Punishment

REDWOOD CITY (CBS/AP) – The parents of a Peninsula high school sophomore are suing the school district for kicking the teenager out of an honors class because he cheated.

When he started classes at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, the boy signed an Academy Honesty Pledge warning him that cheating is grounds for immediate removal from the advanced-level English class.

The Palo Alto Daily News said the teen was tossed from the class for copying another student’s homework.

Jack Berghouse and his wife filed a lawsuit last week against the school district claiming their son’s due process rights were violated.

The suit said the school’s policies regarding punishment for cheating are vague and contradictory and shouldn’t be enforced.

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