Monroe High School students caught changing grades

MONROE, Wash. (AP) - Four Monroe High School students are in trouble after demonstrating some advanced computer skills. Unfortunately, they were using their talents to hack into a teacher's computer to change their grades in a science class they were failing.

The Daily Herald reports two of the students were directly involved in the grade-changing. The others were aware that their grades were being changed.

School District spokeswoman Rosemary O'Neill says a student used a key logging device to record the sequence of key strokes the teacher used as a password for the electronic grade book.

They wanted to change their failing grades to passing and get academic credit for the class.

School staff investigated after receiving a tip. The school also brought the case to the Monroe police school resource officer.

O'Neill says the sad thing about the case was the students were so frightened of failing.