A California father is suing a local school district after his son was caught cheating in an English class. The lawsuit, which was filed April 18 in San Mateo Superior Court, states that the student's right to due process was violated.
MSN reports that the student, a sophomore at Sequoia High School in Redwood, California, was ousted from his Honors English class for plagiarizing a peer's paper. The conflict appears to be centered on two conflicting policies, one of an agreement signed by the student when entering the class, and another of a school-wide policy, reports Mercury News. The former is referred to as an "honesty pledge," and all students sign it at the beginning of the course. It explicitly states that cheating will result in the student's subsequent expulsion from the honors course. The latter, however, is the school policy, upon which the father is basing his case. The policy states that no punishment shall be taken against a student until after the second time they're caught cheating.