Six students of a prestigious Oakland County high school could face expulsion after they altered grades by hacking into the school's computer system, officials said.
Another 14 students at the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills are serving 20-day suspensions for asking the hackers to change their grades, said Jennifer Woliung, a spokeswoman for Bloomfield Hills School District. They will also receive a zero for every altered grade.
The original six students, all freshmen at the public school, used software on a laptop they brought to school to gain access to password-protected areas and change their grades, Woliung said Thursday. The alterations began in the fall and were discovered only recently when a teacher was reviewing grades and noticed some were incorrect, she said.
The International Academy is run by a consortium of 11 Oakland County school districts, and each of the six students must go before officials in his or her home district to determine the punishment, Woliung said. Expulsion is a possibility, she added.
Meanwhile, students are no longer allowed to bring laptops from home, she said.