School Forgives Principal for Changing Students' Grades

The principal deleted and changed his own daughter's test grades, records show

By Christina Cocca
|  Thursday, Sep 12, 2013  |  Updated 10:50 AM PDT
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The principal of a Simi Valley Christian school will keep his job after he admitted to deleting and changing multiple students' grades. His confession is why the school is keeping him around. Reggie Kumar reports from Simi Valley for NBC4's Today in LA on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.

The principal of a Simi Valley Christian school will keep his job after he admitted to deleting and changing multiple students' grades. His confession is why the school is keeping him around. Reggie Kumar reports from Simi Valley for NBC4's Today in LA on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.

A Southern California school is forgiving its principal after he admitted to deleting and changing students’ grades, including those of his own daughter, the Ventura County Star reported.

John Hynes, principal of private Christian school Grace Brethren High School in Simi Valley, will keep his job despite changing the grades within the last academic year because he asked his superiors for forgiveness on Wednesday, the paper reported.

"I made a human mistake. Thank God the school didn’t fire me like another organization would have," Hynes told the Star.

School records obtained by the Star showed Hynes deleted the test grades of four students -- including his own daughter, whose history class grade he changed from a C to a B.

Anke Saldarriaga, a former Spanish teacher at Grace Brethren, told the Star that Hynes changed her students' letter grades to one higher without telling her.

Hynes admitted to changing the grades but said he did so because the two students were not in class the day the test date was announced. He also claimed Saldarriaga violated school policy by assigning "too much weight" to the test.

Hynes has worked for Grace Brethren since 2005.

The school has not responded to requests for comment from NBC4.

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