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2008-10-25 03:56:03 PM  
If he had installed backdoors, keyloggers, trojans, viruses, packet sniffers, or if he had cracked a secure wifi network, or done anything remotely resembling "hacking" then I could see taking some legal action, but his actions were so benign that it seems very hard to justify anything more than the 5 day suspension he has already received.
 
2008-10-25 03:57:43 PM  
How could he have even known not to access that particular file without breaking the rules?

I mean an unlocked car or house is obvious but some file called "driver_data.mdb" on an open public network drive not so much. I mean after discovery was he just suppose to keep quiet and hope no one noticed his "hack" attempt? Or should he alert someone once he realized what it was? It appears either way he was screwed.

Asinine. Yet another case of schools being run by idiots.
 
2008-10-25 03:58:18 PM  
Skyfrog: Weaver95: did you know that a good bit of the technology you are using right now was developed by 'hackers'? it's also maintained by 'hackers'. 'hackers' are all around you, every day. They keep your phones working, your email secure and let you access the internet.

Mind blowing, isn't it?

So that means all hackers should be able to commit crimes and get away with them, right? Your logic is astounding.

/astoundingly stupid


You can say hacking a database isn't a crime, and you can even biatch that "hacking" means "programing" in a more technical definition, but you can't pretend illigal crackers are the reason we have technology. We don't have guns today because of serial killers and bank robbers.
 
2008-10-25 03:58:59 PM  
Barakku:
From Another Non-Fark Article?
/Libertarian
//Kid's a douche


Close. "from a new farking article"
/just joining the new trend of making up you own acronyms
 
2008-10-25 04:04:34 PM  
vodka: How could he have even known not to access that particular file without breaking the rules?

I mean an unlocked car or house is obvious but some file called "driver_data.mdb" on an open public network drive not so much. I mean after discovery was he just suppose to keep quiet and hope no one noticed his "hack" attempt? Or should he alert someone once he realized what it was? It appears either way he was screwed.

Asinine. Yet another case of schools being run by idiots.


Yet another case of idiots unable to read.

""One of the students sent an e-mail to the high school principal revealing what he had seen.

"He sent an e-mail to his principal saying, 'look what I have,'" DeFeciani said. "That was at 1 [p.m.] Tuesday and within two hours we knew who he was.""
http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2008/oct/25/1025_shendata/"

I am willing to bet if he hadn't sent a taunting anonymous email and instead had just reported it(he was in school btw), we would never have heard about it.
 
2008-10-25 04:05:12 PM  
Holy crap! My high school! It would appear nothing has changed, neither the privileged, too-clever-for-their-own-good students nor the administrators, with sticks so far up their asses they have bumps in their foreheads. Personal opinion, based on my experience there, is that they both suck. Nobody's the good guy, and we all lose.
 
2008-10-25 04:11:50 PM  
Nels: I'm glad he got caught. He was trying to break the law and coerce the school administration into something. Probably to further a political agenda. This is precisely why we need to take computers out of the classroom and go back to the basics of books. At least kids will know how to read and write.

I find it amusing that these teachers show students how to hack in their computer classes and then act all surprised when they get hacked by their students.

/Technology. It comes back to bite you in the ass.


Troll: 3/10, and the Bulgarian Judge only gave you a 6.4.
 
2008-10-25 04:13:20 PM  
LOGICAL_PSYCHO: Yet another case of idiots unable to read.

""One of the students sent an e-mail to the high school principal revealing what he had seen.

"He sent an e-mail to his principal saying, 'look what I have,'" DeFeciani said. "That was at 1 [p.m.] Tuesday and within two hours we knew who he was.""
http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2008/oct/25/1025_shendata/"


I can read just fine. That wasn't in the linked to article ya idiot.
 
2008-10-25 04:14:38 PM  
Dancin_In_Anson: TFA: Then he allegedly sent an e-mail at 1 p.m. Tuesday to High School Principal Donald Flynt, saying he had the database.

Hmmm...Had he said that he could access it, it might not have been all that big a deal. But if he did indeed copy it, he farked up. Big time.


agreed, there is a difference between pointing out a flaw and exploiting said flaw for whatever reason. I could point out that its insane for TSA to toss all "suspect" bottles of liquid in the same bin, no harm no foul, but if I then exploit that knowledge to "prove" it its a jail I am going.

I personally have experience with the security advisory stuff, where I was charged, convicted and ultimately got the conviction overturned for just releasing the info after a 9 month refusal to put a patch in place that was written in less than 24 hours after I reported it. By notifying the users of said system the charge went along the lines of "someone unknown to me could have used the info to exploit the system" - it wsa even stated at my trial that neither I nor anyone else actually exploited the system. I dont think that is wrong (and now the govt doesnt either based on their "confession of error" they submitted at my appeal) but if I exploited it to prove a point I think I would have been wrong.

In this case downloading the DB was over and above proving that the flaw existed so the kid should be charged for downloading the DB.
 
2008-10-25 04:23:06 PM  
The admin should hire that kid to lock their shiat down. Turn it into something positive.
 
2008-10-25 04:25:25 PM  
"Stick your head out of any crowd, and someone will throw a rock at it"-David Lee Roth
 
2008-10-25 04:26:54 PM  
OK, I just don't get how things go from "stupid kid" to "criminal" when there's a computer involved. How is this any different from standing in the school's office, seeing a folder sitting there, and taking a peek or making a quick xerox when nobody's looking? It's not right to do it, but that'll buy you detention or suspension, not prosecution. Plus the administration is far more likely to realize, "Hey, maybe we should be more careful where we leave important documents."

But if that file's in a computer, then whoooaaaa, somehow it's like stealing cars instead of xeroxing a paper.
 
2008-10-25 04:29:22 PM  
Sean_L: TFA: Then he allegedly sent an e-mail... saying he had the database "all your database are belong to us."

FTFTFA


I LOL'ed. Grinned broadly.

/Haven't heard that in a while...
 
2008-10-25 04:30:57 PM  
SMRT. That's what the administration is S-M-R-T, smart.
Take the kid who alerts you to this shiat and jail him, thereby pissing him off for the next time he finds a back door into a system and decides to screw it up or post it on the web.

/Brilliant
 
2008-10-25 04:41:03 PM  
Weaver95: "His genius was used in the wrong way," Robinson said.

And for that, he must be severely punished!

christ. no wonder this country if farked.


Yeah some kid here in New Zealand was done for hacking into a US university among other things, the FBI at one stage wanted to extradite him to the US, but the cops thought it was better for him and the community if in the future he works for them. Story here.
 
2008-10-25 04:47:02 PM  
Not one mention of Sneakers? For shame.
 
2008-10-25 05:00:24 PM  
vodka: LOGICAL_PSYCHO: Yet another case of idiots unable to read.

""One of the students sent an e-mail to the high school principal revealing what he had seen.

"He sent an e-mail to his principal saying, 'look what I have,'" DeFeciani said. "That was at 1 [p.m.] Tuesday and within two hours we knew who he was.""
http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2008/oct/25/1025_shendata/"

I can read just fine. That wasn't in the linked to article ya idiot.



No it wasn't linked, but it was posted 4 times in this thread.
If you are going to call people idiots you should at least read up on it before making yourself look like an ass.
Best of all...it was posted two posts above your "idiots" post.
 
2008-10-25 05:00:25 PM  
RancidOne: SMRT. That's what the administration is S-M-R-T, smart.
Take the kid who alerts you to this shiat and jail him, thereby pissing him off for the next time he finds a back door into a system and decides to screw it up or post it on the web.

/Brilliant


We should never upset anybody who does anything wrong, because then he will REALLY do something wrong!
 
2008-10-25 05:02:45 PM  
LOGICAL_PSYCHO: No it wasn't linked, but it was posted 4 times in this thread.
If you are going to call people idiots you should at least read up on it before making yourself look like an ass.
Best of all...it was posted two posts above your "idiots" post.


Relax, I'm guessing you're a school administrator or something? Sheesh
 
2008-10-25 05:03:24 PM  
People in power don't like being reminded when they do stupid things. Especially in public, by someone younger than they are.
 
2008-10-25 05:16:35 PM  
"Then he allegedly sent an e-mail at 1 p.m. Tuesday to High School Principal Donald Flynt, saying he had the database."

Oooh, it begins... you can tell it's going to get good!

"Officials said anyone with a district password - thousands of people including students, faculty and other employees - could have gotten access to the faulty file. But, Robinson said, getting to it would have required exploration and some computer savvy."

Yeah, the directory was clearly named "Faculty information, students don't look here!"

"It's more what keystroke was missed, not who missed the keystroke," Robinson said. "One slipped through the cracks."

SERIES OF TUBES!!!
 
2008-10-25 05:19:29 PM  
dave2198:

We should never upset anybody who does anything wrong, because then he will REALLY do something wrong!


Okay, let's just say you leave your front door open and someone walks by and takes pictures of you and your significant other humping on the living room couch, and posts them on the web. Did the person taking the pictures violate your privacy? Who did anything "wrong" here?

Same thing. If I leave my front door open, my blinds pulled or my window curtains open, anyone can look in... it is my responsibilty to secure my house from prying eyes, and not the responsibilty of those outside not to look in.

The law has it ass-backwards to protect the stupid.
 
2008-10-25 05:21:25 PM  
rewind2846: it is my responsibilty to secure my house from prying eyes, and not the responsibilty of those outside not to look in.

So my being a "peeping Tom" is OK in the law's eyes then?
 
2008-10-25 05:28:43 PM  
So, it sounds like this was a matter of a browsable network directory containing sensitive data and a student being charged with a felony solely for looking around.

The school wants this to be equivalent to keeping the personnel files in an unlocked file drawer in an unlocked office -- something that wasn't secure but also wasn't someplace the student should have been.

It sounds more like keeping the files in an unlocked file drawer in the school library, then having a student arrested for pointing out that it shouldn't be there.
 
2008-10-25 05:28:54 PM  
WOw... there seem to be a lot of people here ready to condemn this kid for what he did. If he indeed copied the database, then we are in a bit of a gray area as to what should happen to him. The reason this is a gray area is that some things he might get charged with are on the basis of 'what might happen if.' The flip-side of this is this idea that no one brings up called 'proof of concept.'

My job revolves around antivirus and antispam software. The motto we have in our office when it comes to malicious activity is 'screen shot or it didn't happen.' Translation for non-geeks: we need evidence shown to us in order to reverse engineer the virus/spam and come up with ways of stopping it. In the case of a database intrusion, we would need to have a copy of the database that was under attack for two reasons: A) to prove that it was in fact copied from its location (preferably with logs and screen shots of process used to capture the database) and B) so that we can recreate the symptoms in our own internal labs.

What this kid did, while arguably stupid - could easily be seen as him doing some grunt work that would need to have been done anyway.

So the question at this point is: do we want to condemn him with a (debatable) draconian system of justice that will black mark him for the majority of his life, or work with him to find out how the problem existed and how he discovered it. If we choose the latter then his punishment could be to assist the network admin. of the school with grunt work. Something that would both give a supervisory safeguard over him for a while (think of it as a type of probation) and also give him a chance ot learn more about computers and IT. Hell, depending on how good he is and how much he knows, if I were in a position to make the decision, I'd consider throwing some school credit his way for the work he does.

But what the hell am I talking about, I'm young and still an idealist. I haven't turned 33 yet so my dreams aren't entirely destroyed.
 
2008-10-25 05:35:45 PM  
MIguy: ftfa

Then he allegedly sent an e-mail at 1 p.m. Tuesday to High School Principal Donald Flynt, saying he had the database.

I guess some of you are missing that important piece of the article.


Maybe, but the difference is he TOLD them. What about all the potential people who copied the database, and didn't say a word?
 
2008-10-25 05:36:36 PM  
madcowsb: OK, I just don't get how things go from "stupid kid" to "criminal" when there's a computer involved. How is this any different from standing in the school's office, seeing folder sitting there, and taking a peek or making a quick xerox when nobody's looking? It's not right to do it, but that'll buy you detention or suspension, not prosecution. Plus the administration is far more likely to realize, "Hey, maybe we should be more careful where we leave important documents."

But if that file's in a computer, then whoooaaaa, somehow it's like stealing cars instead of xeroxing a paper.


Well, it's like xeroxing a LOT of files, but xeroxing something of the same effect would probably get him in more trouble.
 
2008-10-25 05:38:53 PM  
rewind2846: dave2198:

We should never upset anybody who does anything wrong, because then he will REALLY do something wrong!

Okay, let's just say you leave your front door open and someone walks by and takes pictures of you and your significant other humping on the living room couch, and posts them on the web. Did the person taking the pictures violate your privacy? Who did anything "wrong" here?

Same thing. If I leave my front door open, my blinds pulled or my window curtains open, anyone can look in... it is my responsibilty to secure my house from prying eyes, and not the responsibilty of those outside not to look in.

The law has it ass-backwards to protect the stupid.


That has got to be the worst analogy ever. Even for fark.

Your analogy would relate to the story at hand if it went like this:

I leave my doors open, you enter my house, look in all the rooms, find the bedroom where my wife and I are, and take pictures.

Then, you send me an anonymous email that says "Look what I have."

/seriously, you guys are defending the wrong person
//the administrators are tools, but this kid is one as well
 
2008-10-25 05:41:37 PM  
The_Primal_Janitor: rewind2846: it is my responsibilty to secure my house from prying eyes, and not the responsibilty of those outside not to look in.

So my being a "peeping Tom" is OK in the law's eyes then?


No... if you're standing on the public sidewalk outside my home and can see me through my open window committing some nefarious act, I have no one to blame but myself for the intrusion. It is still my responsibility to secure my house. If someone points out that I have not shut my doors and closed my blinds, why should they be punished for revealing my stupidity?
 
2008-10-25 05:41:39 PM  
MacGabhain: So, it sounds like this was a matter of a browsable network directory containing sensitive data and a student being charged with a felony solely for looking around.

The school wants this to be equivalent to keeping the personnel files in an unlocked file drawer in an unlocked office -- something that wasn't secure but also wasn't someplace the student should have been.

It sounds more like keeping the files in an unlocked file drawer in the school library, then having a student arrested for taking the files home, looking through them, and then pointing out that it shouldn't be there.


FTFY.
 
2008-10-25 05:43:05 PM  
rewind2846: The_Primal_Janitor: rewind2846: it is my responsibilty to secure my house from prying eyes, and not the responsibilty of those outside not to look in.

So my being a "peeping Tom" is OK in the law's eyes then?

No... if you're standing on the public sidewalk outside my home and can see me through my open window committing some nefarious act, I have no one to blame but myself for the intrusion. It is still my responsibility to secure my house. If someone points out that I have not shut my doors and closed my blinds, why should they be punished for revealing my stupidity?


This kid didn't "look". He took. Stole. Swiped. Copied.

Then bragged.
 
2008-10-25 05:51:04 PM  
dave2198:
I leave my doors open, you enter my house, look in all the rooms, find the bedroom where my wife and I are, and take pictures.


It is still your responsibility to secure your house, just like it is the responsibility of their database administrators to secure their networks. That's what they get paid for.

/seriously, you guys are defending the wrong person
//the administrators are tools, but this kid is one as well


Then consider this - if the kid were really as much of a "tool" as you seem to be convinced he is, why did he tell SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS about their security hole?

A real tool would have taken the information and used it themselves, or sold it on the interwebs. This kid actually does something honest and tells those in charge about it, and gets sh*t on by folks like yourself.

You can bet that next time some kid stumbles onto a school database, if they read this story they would see it as a cautionary tale... "don't tell adults sh*t". And after what happened here, I wouldn't blame them.

THAT is where the law is ass-backwards.
 
2008-10-25 06:01:10 PM  
dave2198: rewind2846: The_Primal_Janitor: rewind2846: it is my responsibilty to secure my house from prying eyes, and not the responsibilty of those outside not to look in.

This kid didn't "look". He took. Stole. Swiped. Copied.

Then bragged.


And if I were outside your open and unblocked window on the public sidewalk with a digital camera taking pictures, am I "stealing"? "Swiping"? "Copying"? Or is it still your fault that you didn't close the damn blinds?

"Bragged"? Did he tell his friends? His family? other folks on the 'net? How in the hell is telling the Principal, Donald Flynt, the guy IN CHARGE, "bragging"? That's like going down to the police station and telling the desk sargeant about the bank robbery I just committed...
 
2008-10-25 06:02:50 PM  
The fact that he's being charged with possession leads me to believe he actually copied the database. I doubt even the police are computer illiterate enough to think looking at something is the same as possession.
 
2008-10-25 06:08:39 PM  
rewind2846:

"Bragged"? Did he tell his friends? His family? other folks on the 'net? How in the hell is telling the Principal, Donald Flynt, the guy IN CHARGE, "bragging"? That's like going down to the police station and telling the desk sargeant about the bank robbery I just committed...



I will go slow since you seem pretty stupid.
He sent an anonymous email saying "look what I have" and they tracked him down.
He did not go tell them "hey guys look what I found" and they then had him arrested.
You want so bad for the "man" to be at fault here but that is not the case.


"One of the students sent an e-mail to the high school principal revealing what he had seen.

"He sent an e-mail to his principal saying, 'look what I have,'" DeFeciani said. "That was at 1 [p.m.] Tuesday and within two hours we knew who he was."

http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2008/oct/25/1025_shendata/"
 
2008-10-25 06:16:44 PM  
The locked car analogy is valid. What if someone at work came up to you and said 'hey dude your car door was unlocked, here's some stuff I found in the backseat'.
 
2008-10-25 06:25:55 PM  
LOGICAL_PSYCHO: Weaver95: except that he didn't commit a crime. he found a breach, reported it and is being punished.

FANFA:"One of the students sent an e-mail to the high school principal revealing what he had seen.

"He sent an e-mail to his principal saying, 'look what I have,'" DeFeciani said. "That was at 1 [p.m.] Tuesday and within two hours we knew who he was.""
http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2008/oct/25/1025_shendata/

Care to defend him some more?


Guess that's a no.
 
2008-10-25 06:36:47 PM  
Weaver95: dave2198: He only tried to help out after he had committed the crime. Do you understand that?.

The 'crime' in question being that he made his school administrator look foolish.

How does it feel to live in fear? I don't suffer from it myself, but I hear it's hard on the digestion.


I always love these comments about "living in fear" and being "victimized". You have no idea what living in fear is, get that phrase out of your vocabulary.
 
2008-10-25 06:40:29 PM  
reveal101: Maybe, but the difference is he TOLD them.

He sent an anonymous email saying "look what I have."
 
2008-10-25 06:45:45 PM  
MIguy: reveal101: Maybe, but the difference is he TOLD them.

He sent an anonymous email saying "look what I have."


But that's still equivalent to letting them know of a security flaw, just like when I call 911, explain there's been a murder, at tell them finally it's at 12th & DEEZ NUTZ
 
2008-10-25 06:46:26 PM  
the only statement he copied anything, is one sentence from the article, and god only knows what the email actually said. Saying "Look what I have" doesn't mean he copied jack, having access would qualify.
 
2008-10-25 07:05:02 PM  
LOGICAL_PSYCHO:
I will go slow since you seem pretty stupid.
He sent an anonymous email saying "look what I have" and they tracked him down.
He did not go tell them "hey guys look what I found" and they then had him arrested.
You want so bad for the "man" to be at fault here but that is not the case.


And you're probably the kind of idiot who would leave his windows open and then whine like a biatch when someone looks in. Take some responsibilty for your actions like these administrators should have for the security of THEIR systems, and then you won't look like such a fool when someone calls you on it.

/is that 'slow' enough for you?
 
2008-10-25 07:22:42 PM  
MIguy: reveal101: Maybe, but the difference is he TOLD them.

He sent an anonymous email saying "look what I have."


If the adminstrators were really smart they would have kept all this on the down-low, did their investigation, called the kid in and found out what he knew, fixed the system, and kept the kid around to try and find more flaws before anyone else did as a non-paid consultant... in exchange for not being suspended and keeping anything he found out quiet.

But that would have been the more intelligent (and cost-effective) thing to do.
 
2008-10-25 07:28:31 PM  
genius my ass, from this reading it appears he could just browse using his student account. he happened to browse where the information was. sounds like security through obscurity.

if this kid required no further "hacking" than normal network discovery and browsing around, it's the administers that should be facing punishment, not him.
 
2008-10-25 08:01:13 PM  
rewind2846: LOGICAL_PSYCHO:
I will go slow since you seem pretty stupid.
He sent an anonymous email saying "look what I have" and they tracked him down.
He did not go tell them "hey guys look what I found" and they then had him arrested.
You want so bad for the "man" to be at fault here but that is not the case.

/moran
And you're probably the kind of idiot who would leave his windows open and then whine like a biatch when someone looks in. Take some responsibilty for your actions like these administrators should have for the security of THEIR systems, and then you won't look like such a fool when someone calls you on it.

/is that 'slow' enough for you?


You are so full of fail I don't know why I am bothering.
I bet you are the kind of idiot that would blame a rape victim for wearing slutty clothes, they should bring the rapist in and let him teach sex ed...... right?
 
2008-10-25 08:20:48 PM  
LOGICAL_PSYCHO:
You are so full of fail I don't know why I am bothering.
I bet you are the kind of idiot that would blame a rape victim for wearing slutty clothes, they should bring the rapist in and let him teach sex ed...... right?


Then don't bother, nimrod. Contrary to your twisted logic, there is no excuse for rape. The fault is the rapist's, not the the victim. In this case, some kid got hold of an unsecured database. He did not sell it, he did not use it, he did not give it away, and he told those in charge that he had it. No arrest necessary, and if the admins had more than two braincells to rub together they would have chosen to use this minor incident to their own advantage. But then again, they probably think just like you do.

Equating this crap with rape just shows how sick you really are.
 
2008-10-25 08:37:32 PM  
rewind2846: He did not sell it, he did not use it, he did not give it away, and he told those in charge that he had it. No arrest necessary,

Are you farking stupid or just unable to read?
Read slowly and let it sink in moran.

He not NOT tell those in charge, he sent an anonymous email taunting them saying he had it. They tracked him down from the email.
Just because you can do something(access a database) does not mean you should. Not sure if you understand the concept but it is illegal. I am understand you think they should give him a cookie and a job, but outside of your moms basement real world laws apply.

Just in case you still don't understand.
HE COMMITTED A CRIME.
HE DID NOT TELL THOSE IN CHARGE "HE" HAD IT.
HE GOT CAUGHT.
YOU ARE AN IDIOT.
 
2008-10-25 08:38:26 PM  
Reading Comprehension Motherfarkers! Do your understand it!?


FTFA:
The 15-year-old sophomore allegedly breached the district's system while in computer simulation class and gained access to 250 names of past and present Shen transportation employees. He used his student password to view their Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers and more, Shenendehowa officials said.

FTOFA:
A 10th-grader at Shenendehowa Central School has been charged with three crimes for allegedly accessing personnel files on a school computer Tuesday.

I did a Crtl-F for the words "move", "copy", "delete", "modify", "touch", "downloaded", and any other jargon word used to mean to modify or change or transfer the db files in anyway. But there was none but the 2 words "view" and "access".
Here is two links to the dictionary for the words:
access (new window)
view (new window)

I am not defending the kid or the school's administrative staff. but for Christ's sake people RTFA! This thread is making me facepalm so hard, I'm about to have a migraine.
 
2008-10-25 08:40:27 PM  
LOGICAL_PSYCHO: You are so full of fail I don't know why I am bothering.
I bet you are the kind of idiot that would blame a rape victim for wearing slutty clothes, they should bring the rapist in and let him teach sex ed...... right?


So I take it you're too stupid to even make proper analogies, sigh. This is akin to banks hiring previous conman, security firms hiring previous thieves and so on. The important point is that this is a kid and young people are idiots. The purpose of schools is among other things to teach them to stop being idiots. It's generally less expensive to society to do this than to have to pay the costs of their future crime spree and lifetime imprisonment. Most such kids are just bored and don't even do anything with the information they get their hands on.

My high school had a network that was laughably bad and yet it mostly worked fine. They managed to do this because let the students they found breaking in help keep it running and somewhat secure (in the important areas).
 
2008-10-25 08:48:39 PM  
LOGICAL_PSYCHO: He not NOT tell those in charge, he sent an anonymous email taunting them saying he had it. They tracked him down from the email.

Would you please quote the email so we can verify he was "taunting" them? Or are you simply extrapolating from what the school administrator was quoted as saying? You seem to have absolute trust in someone who has everything to lose if he can't show this kid was being malicious and who likely would have few qualms with accidentally "stretching" the truth (I'm sure many fark links exist to show how often that happens).

As for being anonymous, if you don't trust your school administrators to be reasonable then why the fark would you give them your name? One can take their reaction as perfect evidence for why being anonymous was the right choice.

Just because you can do something(access a database) does not mean you should. Not sure if you understand the concept but it is illegal. I am understand you think they should give him a cookie and a job, but outside of your moms basement real world laws apply.

Kids make mistakes and society generally understand that it's not exactly their fault since their brains aren't fully developed. Schools especially should understand this and be willing to work toward the student's best interests if at all possible. If you want them to face the exact same standards then I'm assuming you're going to let them drive, have sex, drink alcohol, own property and all sort of other such things?
 
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