What to Do if Your Child gets Caught Cheating at School

Your child’s education is one of the most important things that you can give them. With the help of teachers and schools, you will be preparing them for everything that life has to offer. While everyone hopes that their children will work hard and get through their education without any problems, that is rarely the case. A shocking number of children cheat at school, and many of them get caught.

Do not make the mistake of thinking that this is just a minor issue that can be ignored. Not only do you want to discourage this type of action from your kids, but you also need to help protect them from potential consequences from the schools. There are times when a school can become vindictive or try to make an example out of a student caught cheating. Knowing what to do if this type of thing happens to your child will help you to ensure your child learns their lesson without having to experience consequences that will stay with them the rest of their life.

Cheating in Elementary School

If your child is caught cheating in elementary school, it is almost always best to use this as a gentle teaching opportunity. Very few schools will attempt to suspend or expel a child for cheating at this age, so the most important thing is to take the opportunity to express the seriousness of cheating so that it does not become a habit.

Cheating in Middle School

In the middle school years, schools start to take cheating more seriously. This is also when students start feeling more pressured with grades, so they often turn to cheating more frequently. While a school will only be likely to consider suspension or expulsion for repeat offenders, you need to watch out for the possibility. Working closely with the teachers and principals to come up with a good plan to get your child back on the right path is important. Looking at the reasons why your child may feel they need to cheat is a great place to start.

Cheating in High School

Cheating in high school is a major problem. While almost all schools will give multiple warnings before turning to more serious consequences, they may also want to make an example out of certain students. Taking a firm stance against cheating with your child is important, but do not let the school try to push things further than you feel is reasonable.

Cheating in College or University

Many colleges and universities today feel that they need to make a show out of taking a hard line on cheating in order to build up the reputation of their school. While cheating is a serious offense, it is important that you do not allow the school to put your child’s future at risk for this type of activity. Working closely with your child, the school administration, and if needed, an attorney will help you to get the results you need.

Do Not Hesitate to Contact an Attorney

Your child has a right to a good education, and that means working through challenges like cheating. If you feel that your child’s school is being overly harsh on your child, do not hesitate to contact an attorney. Here at Burke Brown Attorneys, we have helped many families through difficult legal situations with their children’s school and we are here to help you as well. Contact us to schedule a consultation and discuss your specific situation.

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