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Two juniors at United High School are facing disciplinary action after accessing teacher files and electronic gradebooks to manipulate grades this semester, United ISD announced Monday.

The incident was discovered in August and brought to the attention of the district administration, spurring an investigation, said Gloria Rendon, UISD assistant superintendent for administration.

The investigation concluded that a recording device was installed at the United High School main campus in May.

“The students used the recorded information to retrieve passwords and electronic gradebooks to manipulate grades,” Rendon said.

The district is withholding the students’ names due to their status as juveniles and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

The original grades have been reinstated, according to United ISD.

The two involved students are now facing possible expulsion and criminal charges.

“We will follow the district’s Code of Student Conduct and the students will face the necessary consequences,” Rendon said.

United ISD is working with the Webb County Attorney’s Office to prosecute the responsible parties “to the fullest extent of the law,” she said.
The district stressed that this was an isolated incident and at no time was its student information system compromised. Rendon said this was the first time she has seen such a situation occur.

Full article at LMT Online