I am going to try and explain my previous post about cheating because some of you did not understand it and had some questions.
These were not young children. They were high school kids. They were to write an essay and some did it through hard work and reading about the subject then writing in their own words about it. Several did not. They just went to the Internet and copied the words off the net. No original words of their own. When I wrote them in high school we used books but were not to copy. She wanted our original words just as this teacher did.
She used a program called turnitin and was able to catch the cheaters and then she failed them. My bil is a teacher and he uses it to catch cheaters and our school system has it in their system. This page will explain how they catch the kids cheating if they use the Internet to do it. http://turnitin.com/static/index.html It will give you a demo to show how it is done.
No matter how you slice it, plagiarism is wrong. I think the teacher did do the right thing. It is so prevalent now and that is sad....Good kids are working hard to get good grades and those others should work for their grades too.
OH, she had no problem with them using the internet but she did have a problem with them copying their work word for word from the net.
I hope this explains it to you all much better.