BATTERY PARK CITY — A Stuyvesant High School student allegedly got caught texting test answers on a citywide exam to more than 50 other students at the prestigious Manhattan school, according to a Daily News report.
The student, identified by the News as junior Nayeem Ashan, allegedly took photos of a Spanish exam with his cellphone last week and texted it to other students.
A school official grew suspicious and searched Ashan's phone during the test, discovering that he also took photos of the state English and physics Regents exams, according to the News.
The junior was reportedly expelled from the school, whose alumni include actress Lucy Liu and Attorney General Eric Holder.
Supporters called for his reinstatement in an online petition, which garnered 251 signatures before closing.
"Principal [Stanley] Teitel, I think you might have something wrong with your brain," said a commenter with the handle Myron Gains. "Why are you trying to bully this kid?"
"It's okay for a person to make mistakes, as long as he doesn't make the same mistake twice," said another commenter, with the handle Dipu Rahman. "Nayeem doesn't deserve to be expelled simply to teach a lesson. There are other, less drastic ways."
According to the News report, the students who received the tests in a text have not yet been punished, though their parents have been notified.
Calls to the Department of Education were not returned.