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'Telephone Game' Between Students Cheating on Assignment Goes Wrong. The Results are Hilarious

Teacher shows how she caught her students cheating in their copies, by catching their blatant error
PUBLISHED MAY 30, 2024
Cover Image Source: Reddit/u/ReignofKindo25
Cover Image Source: Reddit/u/ReignofKindo25

It's common for students to tweak the answer a bit while cheating in order to avoid getting caught through patterns that the examiner can detect. But sometimes these minor changes can snowball into something completely different from the actual subject matter and give out hilarious results. A teacher u/ReignofKindo25 shared how some students in her class gave away proof of their 'deed' on paper through some of the most bizarre answers she has ever read. This "mistake" was probably a result of students being clueless about the topic and a 'telephone game' among them. As the answer was communicated from one student to another, it changed to such an extent, that by the end of everything, it was completely unrecognizable. 

Image Source: Reddit/u/ReignofKindo25
Image Source: Reddit/u/ReignofKindo25

The post was accompanied by a video in which, the teacher showed three answer copies. The question was "What causes the trend in acidic/basic oxides?" To this the first student wrote the answer, "Covalent bonds are acidic." This was the right answer and got full marks. The next one wrote, "Covalent bonds are existed,"  a sentence that did not make any sense as a whole. Even if she would have dismissed this as a silly mistake, the next copy confirmed her suspicions that the whole class was cheating, as the last student wrote, "Couldn't have existed." It was a telephone game that went seriously wrong. "Acidic" became "existed," and then the answer lost all its meaning. The students dropped the ball on this one and turned the proof of their cheating with their own hands. 

Image Source: Reddit/u/ReignofKindo25
Image Source: Reddit/u/ReignofKindo25

The teacher who identifies as an Oklahoma-based educator, reviewed the third copy first, and could not make heads or tails of the answer. The response made her worried for the student and she decided to check up on him the next day. "I was going to see if he was OK the next day at school," she said. "But then I saw the other papers." The teacher was unaffected by all of this since she is used to students applying unscrupulous means to pass. At the beginning of her career, seeing such actions bothered her, but now she is quite used to all of it. She says, "They always copy. It was more upsetting in the beginning, as this was my first year teaching. By the time I graded those papers, I expected to see copying."

Image Source: Reddit/u/SloppySouvlaki
Image Source: Reddit/u/SloppySouvlaki
Image Source: Reddit/u/Do-not-respond
Image Source: Reddit/u/Do-not-respond

Users in the comment section expressed their shock at how students committed such a glaring error. u/HotDonnaC appreciated the teacher for being so aware, as many in her position are not, "I worked as a teacher's assistant for a while, moving class to class as needed. A math teacher says to this kid, 'You do so well on the class work and homework, but not on the tests. You must be one of those people who freezes up at test time.' The kid would grab someone’s paper and copy it before the teacher checked the homework. He’d stand by the inbox and copy the classwork off someone’s paper. IDK how teachers never saw things like that, or the horrible bullying or texting going on."

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