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Parents of Churchill High School students attend meeting in the midst of an investigation into an alleged grade changing scheme at Churchill High School.
Elliot Francis
Parents of Churchill High School students attend meeting in the midst of an investigation into an alleged grade changing scheme at Churchill High School.

By Elliot Francis

The investigation into an alleged grade changing scheme at Churchill High School, has lasted a month. Now, parents and administrators want answers.

Most of the parents here at Winston Churchill High School auditorium in Potomac, Maryland have students who weren't even involved in the scandal, but they still have lots of questions.

"How many grades were actually changed? I'd heard that it was 700 do you know the actual number?" asks one parent.

Investigators say the grades of 46 students were changed after 8 students hacked into the schools computer system, stole teachers passwords and altered those records. Police are treating the breech as a criminal investigation. By Elliott Francis

Meanwhile Churchill principal, Joan Benz reassured parents worried about the accuracy of first term grades.

"All first semester grades have been validated. If a student grade showed an unauthorized grade, the teacher has replaced that grade with the corrected one," says Benz.

IT security officials say they're still evaluating safe guards to prevent future tampering. Benz says the 8 students under investigation are being disciplined, but their names and the method of punishment are being withheld in accordance with school policy.

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