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What to do when you're sitting next to a cheater

In Spanish class, I’m the girl everyone asks for answers. A few days ago, the girl who sits behind me—who is really bad at Spanish, to tell the truth—asked if she could pull my desk back so she could put her feet up on my chair…right before a quiz. When we got our papers back, our teacher announced that I got a perfect grade. And so did she. I don’t want to tattle, but I also don’t want her to cheat off me. What should I do?


It’s possible that Spanish finally clicked for this chica who sits behind you. But it’s also possible that she sneaked a peek at your quiz and copied a few answers. There’s no need to become a tattletale in a sitch like this, though if you want to tell the teach, you certainly can. Nobody should get away with cheating.


So what to do? Be your usual, friendly self, but don’t be a doormat. The next time somebody asks you for an answer, offer to help them figure it out, say, “Oh, I don’t know about that one,” or change the subject.


And for your next quiz or test, it’s time to go on defense. Round your back over your desk and move your arms over the page as you fill in each answer so nobody else can steal a glance at your paper. You don’t need to accuse anyone to stop the cheating. Just make it impossible for them to cheat off of you.


Good luck, girlie, and don’t be afraid to speak up!

BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 3/13/2013 12:00:00 AM


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