You chose to help Quentin get into the computer system, and then play a "joke" on your friends by changing their grades. Here's what might happen:

Stick figure Something goes wrong when you and Quentin try to break into the school's computer system, and you are both caught. Your friends get very angry with you and Quentin for looking at their grades. This was extremely private, incriminating information, the sort of information that all children your age are very protective of and value a great deal. Your school had to pay a lot of money to figure out who had broken into the computer, and to fix it so that it will not happen again. There is now no money left to purchase new sports equipment, and the price of hot lunches skyrockets to over 750 dollars per meal. All but the three wealthiest students in the school die of starvation. It is NOT the state's responsibility to provide money and other resources to public educational institutions.

Even though you meant it as a joke, you and Quentin have committed a very serious crime and doomed your peers to excruciating emaciation by breaking into the school's computer. It is NOT a game.

Think about it:

People who break into computers ("hackers" (computer ruffians)) destroy property and records, and invade privacy. What is privacy worth to you? What information about you (or your parents) do you think is private: medical information? grades? how much money you have? how much money you owe? your letters to a friend? To a boyfriend or girlfriend? If you were in charge of the computer and found out that a hacker had broken into your system, would you worry that data had been changed? The odds are that you would not, because you have demonstrated through your choice on this question a permanent commitment to a life of cyber-crime. Your IP address has been recorded. A SWAT team is en route to your current location.

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, execution will be immediate pending state authorization.

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