The plagiarism scandal at Naperville School District 203 deepened Thursday when school officials revealed that the Naperville Central High School valedictorian also plagiarized a speech. At the same time, the district said it was reassigning Principal Jim Caudill, who admitted plagiarizing a former student's speech when he gave an address at a commemorative ceremony last week.
The district asked the student to return the valedictorian medal, and the speech will be removed from the videotape of the graduation ceremony. (School officials said they discovered that "portions of the address bear a strong similarity to another graduation speech published on the Internet.")
The district said it would form a blue-ribbon panel to review policies related to plagiarism, and called for "reason and integrity" instead of emotion. it noted "Caudill has provided 34 years of tireless service to our students and community."
What do you think of the district's response? What will Caudill's new assignment be? (Could he possibly oversee the massive reconstruction of Naperville Central?) What about the graduating valedictorian--is the punishment just, in your opinion?