|The Associated Press reports that administrators at the Springman Middle School here “have uncovered a gambling ring students allegedly ran for about a month over the Internet at home, on the phone and at school.”|
School spokespersons said the bets made and accepted had all been on professional sports games and ranged from $2 to $10 a bet. It is believed that up to 25 students were involved in the ring, said Brett Clark, spokesman for Glenview School District 34. No estimate has as yet been made as to the volume of money won and lost within the ring.
They will not be punished, at least not in the conventional way. “Rather than punish the students with detentions or suspensions, school officials decided [the g-ring students] should all write essays and watch a movie about the dangers of gambling,” Clark said.
School officials believe the g-ring was headed up by only four students (with the other 21 their customers). They first revealed their enterprise when they took their business off the net and off the phone and into classrooms, school corridors and the lunch room. Otherwise, they remained sophisticated -- some of their bet taking involved their own points spreading.