By Justin Wing
A recent Plagiarism graph taken from turnitin.com- Photo by Sharon Fonzo
POSTON BUTTE- The popular website known as Turnitin.com, reported a large glitch that crippled most of Poston Butte HS users. The consequences of this attack is reportedly minor according to Turnitin, but the students of Poston Butte are experiencing the punishment as the whole Sophomore and Freshmen student body suffer.
The result of this glitch revealed mass plagiarism: the identical essay was submitted by the entire 9th and 10th grade. The result: 800 students in Remediation rewriting their essay by hand and a plagiarism stain on their discipline record.
Gabbi Ramos, a Sophomore, was affected by this issue and said, “Turnitin should be banned from schools everywhere! It’s such a pain, I mean I had to stay in Remediation and I had to get appeal to get plagiarism removed from my record!” She expressed how angry and disappointed she was in the company that runs Turnitin.com, and she is currently drawing up a petition to ban Turnitin.com.
Despite these new developments, the Poston Butte administration is still depending on Turnitin, saying, “It’s just a small tiny mistake made by such a large company; we can’t just throw away one of the greatest websites and resources we’ve ever had because of one small mistake!”
Poston Butte continued, “This is all we are disclosing about this incident.” When this statement was released to the student body, there was outrage and protests outside the school with the overall message of, “Poston Butte only cares about itself and not its students.”
If you would actually like to participate in these protests, there is one scheduled for January 23rd outside the courtyard during celebration.
And it turns it, that students aren’t the only ones that are mad; most parents are furious about this matter. Natalie Stephens’s mom weighed in and said, “Poston Butte should know better, and they shouldn’t have the right to falsely give students failing grades because they don’t care.” Ms. Stephens also added that she was more furious about the discipline record, because her daughter, “didn't plagiarize anything” and “that plagiarism will be on her school records forever.” The Poston Butte Administration has been asked to respond to Ms. Stephens’s comment, but they declined because “The results of all disciplinary procedures will not be disclosed to the public.”
Poston Butte has been shrouded in this scandal and mystery for the past couple of days, and despite the student body’s repeated requests to respond to this issue, they stuck with secrecy and said “We have no comment on this matter as of now.” This issue is growing so severe, it might even be brought up at FUSD’s next district board meeting. But for now, all the students of Poston Butte can do is avoid using turnitin.com and rely on other sources to submit their original essays.
Justin Wing is a freshman and our satire columnist.