Wife Of HS Football Coach Charged With Tampering With Players’ Grades
A teacher at an Illinois high school who police allege illegally gained access to students’ grades and subsequently changed them has been identified as the wife of the school’s head football coach.
Sara Glashagel, 27, a special education teacher at Antioch (Ill.) Community High and wife of head football coach Brian Glashagel, was charged with tampering with computer records after she allegedly obtained an administrative password and improved the grades of 64 students, including 40 who happened to be football players. She faces up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. At this point in the investigation, Brian Glashagel has not been charged in connection with the allegations.
According to a Chicago Tribune report (via Prep Rally), the investigation was prompted by a colleague of Sara Glashagel who first noticed the alteration to a student’s grade. Antioch police allege that a grade was first changed on Sept. 15 and subsequent grades were altered via a computer outside the school’s network on Sept. 17, 18, 20 and 21. The IP address of the alleged computer where officials believe the changes were made on was then forwarded to Antioch police who obtained a subpoena to identify the owner of said computer.
Antioch police Chief Craig Somerville reported the findings that came back implicated Sara Glashagel. Sommerville added that while most of the students were football players, he suspects the changes to other students’ grades were to throw authorities off the scent, saying, “Our understanding is that some changes were made to make it less obvious, so it wasn’t football players only,” Somerville said.
Head football coach Brian Glashagel admits that the charges against his wife have shocked him (via the Daily Herald):
“I was absolutely blindsided by this,” he said the day after his wife was charged with a single count of computer tampering by the Antioch Police Department. “I had no idea who was involved up until three days ago.
“I am assuring everyone beyond my word that I had no knowledge of this taking place in the past,” he said. “I have offered to police to take a polygraph, and I am still offering that up today.
“The administrators of Antioch are handling the situation internally, and I am trying to help out the school district any way I can,” he said.
In the end, the high school will not likely face any punishment for the scandal, as no academically ineligible students took the field and participated in a game as a result of the grade-tampering and all grades that were changed have been corrected.