A mother in Pennsylvania is facing six felony charges for allegedly hacking her way into her children’s school computer to change her kids’ grades.
Catherine Venusto reportedly changed her daughter’s failing F to an M for “medical” back in 2010, and this year decided to change her son’s 98 to a 99. She’s also being accused of reading school staff emails.
Her charges include three counts of unlawful use of a computer plus three counts of computer trespassing and altering data.
Venusto worked for the school district from 2008 to 2011, and hacked into the school’s records a whopping 110 times using Superintendent Mary Ann Wright’s password before anyone noticed. If she’s convicted, she could spend 42 years in prison or be slapped with a $90,000 fine.
While I can sort of (but not really) understand the desire to alter your failing child’s grade, why would anyone in their right mind be unhappy with a 98 and want to change it to a 99? My mom over-the-moon when my brother and I remembered to bring home the silverware she packed in our lunches.