Bloomfield students hacked accounts, officials say

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
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Students hacked into the Bloomfield Hills Schools computer system and changed their grades, attendance information and the balance of their lunch accounts, officials said Thursday.

"Though we encourage our students to take responsible action, sometimes they make choices that do not reflect our guiding principles," officials said in a message posted on the district's web site. "Unfortunately, a couple of our students made some poor choices lately, deciding to hack into our student information system."

Officials said they are investigating the matter and have asked a forensic expert to investigate how the students hacked into the system and what data they accessed.

They also said they take seriously the district's responsibility to gather an store the information of its students and their parents

"As an extra precaution, we will be resetting all Parent Portal passwords on Friday, May 18, 2018, which will then require all parents/guardians to reset their individual password upon returning to the system," officials said.

Parent Portal is an Internet site used by school districts to let parents see their children's grades and monitor their attendance. 

The district also produced a YouTube in which Robert Glass, its superintendent, explains how the school system is addressing the problem.