Monday, February 07, 2005

After 47 years, conscience passes the test

GYPSUM, Colo. A high school graduate has confessed to cheating on an English literature test 47 years ago.

Eagle Valley High School Principal Mark Strakbein said he received a one-page, handwritten letter from a 65-year-old grandmother of five who admitted that she and a friend stole the answers to a Shakespeare test in the fall of 1957.

"I know it makes no difference now (after 47 years), except maybe this will keep some student from cheating and help them to be honest-- conscience never lets you forget--there is forgiveness with God, and I have that, but I felt I still needed to confess to the school," she wrote.

Strakbein did not release the woman's name but said he confirmed that she graduated in 1958 from Eagle County High School, which has since been consolidated into Eagle Valley High.

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