NEW YORK --At Great Neck North High School today, students had plenty to say about an alleged cheating scandal most insisted it was simply a nasty rumor.
"I don't think it's true. I don't know how it's even possible you can unless you make a fake ID or something. But I don't think it's true," said Harry Klein, a senior.This senior says he's friends with one of the students being accused. "The kid studied hard and tried his best and he scored very well, and now everyone is trying to discredit him," said Michael Homapour a friend of the accused student. Published reports say administrators are looking into whether a group of seniors paid someone to take their 'SAT' exams, hoping for higher scores. Great Neck administrators told us they were unable to comment on student disciplinary issues, but did essentially confirm the investigation Telling us in a statement, quote, "I am able to state that none of the matters being investigated involve tests that were administered in either of our high schools." Over the years, Great Neck North has been consistently ranked one of America's top public high schools. That's why Ellen Steinberg Finkelstein says she sent her three children here. "This is an excellent school. It's got an excellent reputation. I moved back here to raise my three children. I went to great neck north," said Finkelstein. She believes if there was cheating, it probably wasn't widespread. And some suggested today outside envy over the community's affluence may have triggered the accusations.