Stephen: Student fakes COVID outbreak to avoid exam
Kids will look for any excuse to get out of school. A student from Western India was found spreading fake news about a COVID outbreak in her school to avoid taking an exam. Last week, what appeared to be a “news report” about 13 kids testing positive for coronavirus after attending an exam at the Udgam School in the city of Ahmedabad started circulating through WhatApp groups. This led school officials to investigate whether any students had coronavirus, and then of course they investigated to find the source of the viral message. They found a high school student was the culprit, and she admitted she’d panicked after learning that her school would be conducting in-person exams. The school authorities have decided not to file a police complaint against the student, who they say regrets her actions.