Yet another schools official plagiarizes


Glenn Faircloth, the superintendent of a Lorain County, Ohio, vocational school, posted a greeting on the school's website that "was actually written by another superintendent in New York," Brittany Harris reports.

Faircloth's posting "was pretty much the same as the original message posted on the other website," Harris reports. "The only thing he changed were the names and accomplishments." Faircloth "said he didn’t copy it for any type of personal gain," Harris says.

"Looking back, I should have acknowledged the colleague's remarks," he told the reporter.

The school year is young, but it's already seen quite a few incidents of plagiarism by schools officials. A schools superintendent in Montana lifted portions of anti-Obama letters he wrote to newspapers from other writers. A Boston middle school principal resigned after she ripped off a Forbes column in a welcome note to staff and apparently plagiarized in her job application, and a California school-board member apologized (kind of) for making liberal and uncredited use of another person's words in a graduation speech.

In January, a Georgia schools administrator resigned after plagiarizing in a report, and a school board official in Toronto stepped down after numerous accusations of plagiarism.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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