Sometimes, I wonder if our students are in high school. When you have a mix of people who are highly intelligent (humble brag), highly competitive and looking for every advantage possible, sometimes life resorts to the same mundane circles and cliques that we had in high school.
We have sunk to a new low.
During midterms we had a fiasco on the Civil Procedure midterm. One girl asked and was allowed to take the test early because she was going to a wedding and would not be in town the day the test was to be administered. No big deal right?
Well, this person spilled the beans… no… the taco bell, taco meat all over the floor. It was a madhouse after some people got some extra help with the test. The school found out and 7 students received 0% on the midterm and were asked not to take the final. These people in essence failed the class.
Since then, the school has had its fair share of hushed whispers and awkward silences to some people, but last week it took a whole new turn.
Some asshole is sending the entire 1L class awfully libelous emails designed to get more public discussion on the incident and punishment via an anonymous email.
The first email said this:
“Anyone who has any knowledge about the cheating that involved XXX, XXX, XXX, XXX, or any others that I don’t know about think that the sanctions levied against them did not fit the crime? If you believe that the sanctions were not severe enough or were to severe, please email me back with your opinions. I will be posting whatever responses I get from all of you to get what we all want to know or are thinking out in the open. Your identities will be held so please feel free to open up about what you feel should happen or voice your opinions/comments to the class.
People are still going nuts in this email even after the dean warned them that what they are doing is wrong and against the honor code. What the hell is wrong with these people? It is not hard to trace an email and I am sure the IT department is having a field day.
Someone said to me, “Whoever it is… they have balls.” No they don’t. They are the slithering scum of which bad names are blasted onto lawyers. Punishments are the school’s and the student in question’s business and not the business of others as far as I’m concerned.
Someone else said, “This guy is a genius. He is causing a stir that will keep people from studying while he studies for his final. Pure genius man.” Nope. Still not a genius. He is a prick.
Ugh. Off my soapbox.