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This is about posters who are quick to jump on and believe that a 10th grade kid would NOT cheat but that adults would risk their reputations and careers to bully a teen and accuse him for some unknown power trip based on bits and pieces from an angry mom.
You added in an entire narrative that the OP did not include. The fiction of that is great but just list in order what mom wrote then added in her follow up posts. This might be your experience, your imagination, or even what mom has imagined, but it is not presented in what mom wrote. Again, this is not some Law and Order episode written for entertainment, this is real life. What possible reason for accusing a bright (teacher said "brilliant" according to mom), upstanding student? What is the motive behind such an interrogation? It is nonsense.
The teacher accusing him has only taught for one year, and just got his degree a year prior to that.
The teacher actually contacted the principal to accuse him of cheating before he even spoke with my son at all.
[The teacher] said he had "consulted with a colleague" who also said it was impossible from the work on the page to derive those answers.
Only one person in the room would have any chance of understanding the explanation, and that's the teacher that made the accusation.
He was told that he had cheated, because he had the same answer on two problems of the person sitting next to him, basically without the supporting steps outlined thereon.
The principal agreed with me that the penalty was far too harsh, and that the situation had not been handled correctly at all. However, the teacher will not budge, even with her intervention, and the principal told me that she recommended I pursue it with the head of the school.
2 identical incorrect wrong answers with no work shown...no ability to explain how answer was derived...confession.