Wolverine, yes cheating is bad and wrong. No one's arguing there. But to say cheating is cheating is like saying killing is killing, so if I kill someone in self defense it's the same as premeditated murder. Or even that premeditated murder is the same as serial killing. Or an act of passion is the same as premeditated murder. They're different and as such should be treated differently. The world isn't black and white and you can't treat anything that's put under one label the same that's called stereotyping which leads to discrimination which leads to hatred which leads to genocide so under your logic you stereotyping cheating students should be treated like genocide. Do you see how ridiculous that is? Yes, cheating on homework assignments is wrong period, but hacking a school's computer to find the answers to all the final exams and sending them to the entire student body (which happened to my brother's class) is worse. You do realize that, right?
Also, you said the kid didn't "deserve
to be with the kids who didn't cheat" or something along those lines, but that's assuming the others haven't cheated. As was stated earlier, up to 98% of students cheat so chances are he isn't the only one. And yeah, he got caught and the others didn't, but that doesn't mean he's worse than them or doesn't deserve to be in the same class as them.
Sidenote, I'm curious, are you either catholic, been in the military, or were raised by a military family?