Hacked school election offers lesson in fraud _ and justice?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Berkeley High School’s first online election for student government offered a lesson in more than how democracy functions when a candidate for class president was caught hacking school email accounts to commit voter fraud.

Some 2,400 students were eligible to vote by email in last month’s weeklong election. A sudden surge in votes for one candidate prompted an administrator to investigate.

The administrator and a student traced the surge to a junior who had cast online ballots in his favor by hacking into the school district-issued email accounts of more than 500 of his classmates.

In Berkeley, “restorative justice” is preferred in combination with traditional punishment, so discussion includes an apology letter and forming a discussion circle next week with all the candidates and the student who hacked the accounts.

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