High School Finds Problems in Transcripts, Contacts DA

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013  |  Updated 12:24 AM EDT
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A school superintendent in Westchester says several high school seniors were given credit for a nonexistent course to help them graduate. Checkey Beckford reports.

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A school superintendent in Westchester says several high school seniors were given credit for a nonexistent course to help them graduate. Checkey Beckford reports.

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A schools superintendent in Westchester says several high school seniors were given credit for a nonexistent course to help them graduate.

He says the case is being turned over to the district attorney.

Two weeks ago, Peekskill Superintendent James Willis said four guidance counselors were being reassigned while irregularities were investigated. Their names were not made public.

In a letter dated Monday, Willis said problems were found in the transcripts of 34 seniors. He said in most cases, credit was given for a "work experience" course that was dropped years ago.

Willis said some of the students will have to attend summer school or stay in school next fall to make up the credits.

Dan Casey, a senior at the school, told NBC 4 New York Tuesday "a lot of the students don't know what's going on. Some are just asking where the guidance counselors went."

He said he was on his way to his basketball coach's office to learn more about how the probe was affecting his teammates.

"I have to help tutor some of them to help get their credits back up," said Casey.

"It's tough for the seniors trying to get applications out, and we need help from guidance counselors and none are there to help right now," he said. 

The Westchester County district attorney's office said Tuesday it would review the evidence.

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