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Local School Officials to Consider Criminal Charges in Two Separate High School Incidents


With only a few days left in the school year, final exams and graduation aren't the only things on the agenda at two Treasure Valley high schools where officials are considering whether to press criminal charges against students in two separate incidents.

In a May 12 open letter to parents, administrators in the West Ada (Meridian) School District confirmed an incident of alleged hacking took down the school district's computer network earlier in the week, resulting in students throughout the district taking Idaho Standard Achievement Tests to lose all their work. The Ada County Sheriff's Office has confirmed a 17-year-old Eagle High School student was suspended by the district, and a criminal investigation is underway. The student allegedly paid an accomplice to take down the network, using a so-called "distributed denial of service" or DDOS attack, which clogged the network's traffic. In addition to online learning, district officials said business systems, including payroll, were compromised.

"Please talk to your students so that he or she understands the consequences of being involved in malicious online activities," district officials wrote in the letter to parents.

  • Capital High School
Meanwhile, some parents told Boise Weekly that rumors were rampant at Boise's Borah High School, where officials are continuing to investigate an incident of vandalism at Capital High School, allegedly involving dozens of Borah students. Earlier this week, officials with the Boise School District said approximately 60 students may have been involved in the damage to Capital, which includes spray-painting a fence, gluing locks and damaging athletic equipment.

One parent told BW, "The whole Borah senior class is in an uproar about this."

District officials say the incident is"very serious" and they're still determining what punishment, including the possibility of criminal charges, might be appropriate.