Peekskill High School Students May Have Gotten Credits For Bogus Classes

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Graduation may have to wait for some of the seniors at Peekskill High School.

Superintendent Jim Willis said at least 34 students may have received credits for classes that don’t exist.

In a letter, Willis said in most cases the students got credit for a “work experience” course that was dropped years ago.

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

Three high school counselors and one at the middle school have been reassigned and the Westchester County District Attorney is looking into the situation and reviewing the evidence.

Students that spoke with 1010 WINS’ Al Jones said they’re not surprised.

“You know you have them in class and you know they don’t graduate, they don’t do anything in class, but somehow they still graduate,” one student said. “You see all the time. There’s always a kid that doesn’t do anything in class and he just passes.”

“Some of the people that actually try hard and you know, they do their work and they struggle just to pass…or they like you or something, they just pass you for no reason,” another student said.

Superintendent Willis is also looking at past graduates as well, but insists they won’t lose their diplomas.

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