My seven year old had a rough day Friday. He was caught cheating on a spelling test at school. One of his extra-credit words was *St. Nicholas* and his teacher saw him looking at a bulletin board where -- Lo! and Behold! -- was the name Nicholas (one of his classmates). She made him tear up his spelling test in front of the class resulting in a grade of zero (out of a possible 102).
His teacher sent home a note saying that he would tell me what transpired, and he did. The school has a very strict policy about cheating, but I understand the rules are not being invoked aside from the test score. I sent a note today asking for additional information about what happened.
I'm a little bemused by the whole episode. He knew the spelling words cold when I quizzed him Thursday evening, including *St. Nicholas*, so I'm a little skeptical that he was in fact cheating. (Then again, I wasn't there, so I don't have any context.)
I want to make sure he understands that cheating is the big NO-NO. (I have no doubt right now that he will probably never cheat on a test again...) But, isn't the teacher at least a little culpable for leaving the name on the bulletin board? A grade of zero seems a bit much to me. Should I just give it a rest, or what?