Kids these days. When I was in school, some classmates had some harebrained schemes about how to get out of taking final exams. But I didn't know anyone who was ever arrested on felony charges for an end-of-school-year prank!
One 17-year-old student in Idaho is accused of paying a third party to launch a DDoS, or distributed denial of service, attack against his school, which forced the entire school district offline, just to get out of exams!
The attack took more than 50 schools offline, including payroll and scheduled standardized tests. In fact, it's reported that students taking the Idaho Standard Achievement test had major difficulties with the tests, having to go through the process several times because the computer systems were unable to save or process their answers.
The accused teen is facing both state and federal felony charges and could serve up to 180 days in jail. He also has been expelled. Plus, his parents will need to pay for the "financial losses suffered as a consequence of the attack."
What this student allegedly did is horrible and despicable, but I wouldn't be surprised if we started to see more of it. In fact, there's another child being investigated for a similar attack that was attempted just days after this incident.