Class president charged with changing grades

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In a textbook case of insider misuse of password access, the senior class president of a Florida high school was arrested this week and charged with a felony for grade-tampering.

Ryan C. Shrouder, 18, of Cooper City, Fla., who gained privileged password access to a school district laptop as the alternate student adviser to the Broward School Board, was charged with two counts of computer crime with intent to defraud, a second-degree felony, according to media reports.

Shrouder, who has been recommended for expulsion and suspended, allegedly used employee access to change the grades of 19 students, according to a report in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Two more students, both unidentified 17-year-olds, were suspended and recommended for expulsion, according to a report in the Miami Herald.

Shrouder was elected leader of his sophomore, junior and senior classes at Cooper City High School and was voted "most likely to be president of the United States."

Shrouder's attorney said his client should not be charged with a felony, according to the Sun-Sentinel's report.

"To charge a kid with a computer crime is absurd," he told the newspaper. "There's plenty of ways to handle this besides charging a felony."

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