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Culprit 'Adjudicated' in H-H GPA, Class Rank Leak

Hatboro-Horsham School District said that the person or persons responsible for the dissemination of GPA and class rank information has been 'adjudicated through the Montgomery County Juvenile Court system in a manor we believe to be fair and

The mystery about how Hatboro-Horsham High School students' grade point averages and class rank information was obtained and shared with fellow students has been solved.

However, district officials are keeping mum on who is responsible for the information leak and the punishments levied against the person or persons. In a statement released to the media on Tuesday morning, the district announced the "successful conclusion" to a nearly seven-month-long investigation into the release of the information, but said the district would not release the name, grade or "any other identifying information of anyone charged in this matter."

"Hatboro-Horsham also will not be releasing if the district took any kind of disciplinary action against those involved in the incident," according to the statement. "The individual or individuals have been adjudicated through the Montgomery County Juvenile Court system in a manor we believe to be fair and just."

According to KYW Newsradio, the person responsible for sending the e-mail was a 17-year-old Hatboro-Horsham High School student, who has since been ordered to serve 100 hours of community service and pay thousands of dollars in restitution.

Officials told Patch previously that an email from an "unidentified sender" containing class rank and GPA information was distributed to high school students in May. 

John Nodecker, Hatboro-Horsham School District assistant superintendent for secondary education, told Patch at that time that it did not appear that the sender breached any of the district's security systems. The email was in violation of the district's acceptable use policy, which Nodecker said carried "pretty serious" penalties - including expulsion for a student.  

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Horsham Township Police Department, the FBI investigated the matter. 

According to the statement released Tuesday, the district is "committed to the security of our digital network and protecting our students’ confidential information."

"We face a difficult challenge every day to provide ease of access to our district’s digital resources to support learning and to maintain a high level of security to provide protection from individuals seeking to do harm. The Hatboro-Horsham School District took every available step to investigate this crime and achieve a resolution — a promise we made from day one," the statement reads. "The Hatboro-Horsham School District will always be committed to our students’ privacy and the security of the network, which is why actions that intrude and compromise students’ confidential information or breach the security of our network will be fully investigated and criminally resolved."

Katie December 18, 2012 at 01:53 PM
What this tells me is that the perpetrator was a minor (under 18), so it makes sense the district would not disclose the name. However, I do believe that as a taxpayer whose child attends this high school, I have a right to know whether or not this juvenile (who should remain anonymous) was disciplined in any way (were they suspended, expelled) and what their "sentence" was. Given the silence, sounds like Mommy and Daddy made it all go away. The message sent to our young people is that you can steal personal information, hurt quite a few people, and get away with it. At best, this individual showed a shocking lack of good judgment; at worst, the perpetrator has little or no empathy for his or her fellow students. Many kids, including my own, freely share their standings within the class. But for many, it's no one's business but their own. I am glad the administration pursued this and was able to find the responsible party, but based on the lack of full disclosure here, I have a nagging feeling that this kid "got away with it".
Michele December 18, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I don't really think you can assume they 'got away with it' just because they didn't share the details. That really doesn't sound like HHHS which usually holds students accountable for thier actions. I know its not satisfying not to know what happened, there's no reason you need to. My advice would be check with your kid to see if the rumor mill has produced anything. ;)
Dolores Forget December 18, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Manner, not "manor", unless of course the matter was adjudicated at someone's stately home.....
Katie December 18, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Michele, you are right that I probably shouldn't assume - I guess I just have a tendency to be suspicious re: silence in this case. You are right the kids probably already have the details, though! But I won't inquire unless they say something - they'll be more into who it was, etc. and I'd rather not know as I do believe the juvenile system is right to keep names out of the paper, online, etc.
mac December 18, 2012 at 03:39 PM
You can all stop wondering. the person is not in the school . This person also knows now the extreme consequences involved with this prank.They are and have been pretty severe and will have an effect on the future.
qdogPa December 18, 2012 at 08:14 PM
They won't release the name of the student for 2 reasons, 1st the student was a minor, and second the student was a very accomplished student...this student has graduated and is currently enrolled at a fine university
Sam December 18, 2012 at 08:25 PM
This was never an issue amongst kids, but this was always an issue amongst parents and administrators. There was no student backlash, no student protests and no real student complaints that weren't driven by parents. I understand that from a outsider's point of view it seems like a big deal, but from someone that was there, it was really not a big deal, and now this kid, who is a great person mind you, has lost a lot.
mac December 18, 2012 at 09:37 PM
was a fine student and was enrolled, part of the consequences the former student has had to face. among others. and that is all i will say. Except all those who are trying to make a statement whether a prank or a grudge, should keep in mind that every thing in life has a consequence - or to put in other words For every action there is an opposite an equal reaction!
mac December 18, 2012 at 10:04 PM
And by the way Sam, you are right this person was and still is a good person and has a tremendous potential. Hopefully someday the talents possessed will be able to be used.
qdogPa December 19, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Being an alleged minor at the time, there is no way anyone would know what transpired ,years from now...he was a very smart student, at the top of his class, and what he did won't affect his future one but
K. Thom. December 19, 2012 at 02:08 AM
ummmmmmm whats wrong with posting gpa and class rank? We can know whos ranked at the top but noone else? This was never hidden in the past. If someones embarrased by their gpa/rank they can work harder to improve it. I remember kids teying to get to the top and others competing to be at the bottom. ???????? Am i really that old now :( I just dont see the big deal
AK December 19, 2012 at 05:39 AM
I fully support the decision of the school district not to reveal the name of the student. I agree with Mac and Sam; the was undoubtedly an extremely intelligent AND empathetic person who just happened to make a terrible decision, and I'm sure he regrets it immensely. As a minor, the last thing he needs is the humiliation of publicity. I hope he is punished fairly and regrets his decisions, but he does not deserve to have the rest of his life ruined. Everyday, I see teens make decisions that are far more apathetic than this (just look at the way we sometimes talk to one another). He may have caused a few students anxiety (most weren't even affected), but it's not as if he intended to cause any pain.
mac December 19, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Yes friendly competition is what drove students to achieve and ultimately the schools turned out many more highly educated students. Today it is all about rank and state testing. So we don't teach to learn we teach to test. This prank was just that probably a prank that started out as a challenge to see whether or not it could be done. And the very fact that NOT too many people cared shows us that it had little meaning . But since it went into FBI investigative status even a minor will have to bear the pains of the justice system for a long time. Hackers are not taken lightly since the access can lead to other sytems that have higher security, But like I stated this person is very intelligent and perhaps the government should use these talents. Maybe just maybe, they will. Let's see how smart they are in the future. And by the way K. Thom you must be thinking of a different generation.
Michael Carr January 05, 2013 at 04:04 PM
I don't really care about who the student was. Who was responsible for the "breach" by a student possessing (paraphrase) signmificantly advanced computers skills ( Rita Ferman's press release)? Why were Griffin and Nodecker insisting that there was no breach in May and now the DA is saying the systems were breached. Coverup? Ignorance combined with arrogance. As taxpayers we have no right to know the students name. But we do have the right to know which managers are failing to do the job.
mac January 07, 2013 at 02:12 PM
You caught on quick. Now get the rest of Horsham residents to wake up. We just keep paying high priced salaries and too many at that and for what?

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