Internet supports teen who refused to switch seats so boyfriend could cheat

The internet comes together in support of a young girl who refused to give up her place so her friend could cheat on her physics exam.

The now-viral post, shared on May 26 on the Am I the A**hole subreddit, is titled “AITA for not giving up my seat for my friend?” Redditor @Sad_Sunflower_Times shared the post , which received 7,900 upvotes and 600 comments.

According to surveys by Dr. According to Donald McCabe, one of the founding members of the International Center for Academic Integrity, 64 percent of high school students admitted to cheating on a test, while 58 percent admitted to plagiarism. In addition, 95 percent said they were involved in some form of fraud.

The original poster (OP) shows a 16-year-old woman who just had her final physics exam that morning. She got to the test about 20 minutes before the start and found a decent seat not far in front but not all the way back either to make sure the teacher couldn’t see her well. She revealed that the school does not have an exam room and conducts the tests in the classrooms.

Students taking a test
The internet supports a teenager who refused to swap places with his girlfriend so she could cheat. Above, some students taking a test.

“I usually sit in this spot because I tend to have a lot of stress when I’m far in front, but in the back I always have the teacher looking over my shoulder,” the OP shared. “My friend, let’s call her Riley (16F), comes five minutes before the teacher comes over and she’s in distress.

The OP revealed her friend was “crying hysterically” and said she would fail. The Redditor and a few friends comforted her and tried to reassure her that she would be fine. However, Riley looked around the classroom, saw where the OR was sitting, and “practically” demanded that she switch places with her so she could pull out a cheat sheet they weren’t supposed to have, trying to “make amends” for her Situation.

The teenager continued: “The place she should be sitting? Right in front of the teacher’s desk. I immediately said no and just told her to hope for the best. But I won’t risk making silly mistakes to make her cheat when she was too busy partying to study for the test. She tried to just sit in my seat until I gave up, but I just wouldn’t let her.”

The exam revolved around the one chapter Riley forgot to study for. After that, the OR was waiting for the bus when Riley, her twin brother, and her best friend came to her.

“She yelled at me [about] how she’s going to fail because she didn’t even answer all the questions, and if I hadn’t been selfish and too afraid to ruin my perfect streak of grades in physics, she might have done just fine,” the OP recounted. “Most of my classmates think I should have given her my spot, but those closest to me say otherwise.”

The OP added more context in a comment: “I’m not American, but you would be deported if caught cheating, or if you were over 18 you would be sentenced to about three months.” [in] Prison.”

One Redditor, who doesn’t believe the OP is to blame, believes she had actual “reasons for choosing” her spot. “It’s not like you just randomly picked a spot and then refused to trade places with her,” they added. “Why would you risk compromising your grade so she can do better? That is not your responsibility.”

Another user thinks that cheating “steals” a person’s “knowledge and important feedback,” adding, “And physics is really cool. You made the right decision about everything else NTA [not the a**hole].”

Some people harshly criticized Riley specifically in this situation. “NTA,” said one user. “Sounds like her ‘perfect grades’ come from cheating. She created this situation herself.

Others praised the OP’s actions of not moving or changing seats. “Hell no, you’re an NTA,” commented one Redditor. “It’s her own fault for not studying so she can reap the rewards. This has nothing to do with you, friend or not. It’s good for you that you’re persistent about this.”

Another user insisted that one should never help a person cheat as they could also be “punished”. “Plus, you planned ahead and made sure to consider your own needs,” they added. “Your lack of planning is not your problem.”

news week asked Redditor @Sad_Sunflower_Times for comment.

This isn’t the only viral post starring teenagers. A teen’s bad tattoo shocked the internet earlier this month. Meanwhile, a teenager recently found support for turning down demands that he pack his “misogynistic” in-laws’ lunch. Also, a teenager was supported after his mother and stepfather spent his inheritance on a new house. Internet supports teen who refused to switch seats so boyfriend could cheat

Rick Schindler

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