High Point Enterprise Newspaper Archives Sep 29 1976, Page 9

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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - September 29, 1976, High Point, North Carolina High Point Enterprise wednesday september 29, 1976 9aacademy scandal is Nightmare for family West Islip n y. Apr from the time their Only son was born Kenneth and Ann Curley wanted him to be a West Pointer. They were not disappointed. They wanted to savor his successes a the medals the awards and the trophies again they were not disappointed. They wanted him to be a Leader at the top of his class. He was. Now he is a convicted West Point Cheater and Ken and Ann Curley say it is the worst thing that s happened since they lost one of their five children to crib death syndrome. The cheating charge has created what mrs. Curley Calls a a living Nightmare a of recriminations from their family pointed comments from friends and Telephone thumbing the 760-Page the plaques on the of their modest Long Island Home Are a testament to the Hopes they had a still have a for Kenneth jr., a strapping Lacrosse and football player whom All four service academies courted. He1 was once among the most promising leaders at West Point and in line to become fourth ranking Cadet in the entire corps. Now he has a clouded future. His stripes Are gone and his Pride bruised he was convicted in August by an officer Board in West Point s cheating scandal he stood tearfully Back among the plebes in the years first Parade filled with the indignity of carrying a Rifle. He said he should have been out front carrying the command for unstinting Praise and the top positions of responsibility had been his. A it really hurts a Cadet Curley. 20, says. A it really destroyed me All this for one Damn writ a the writ a Cadet Slang for a test was the Homework assignment administered Early last March to 823 members of the class of 1977 roughly a Quarter of the class was accused of collaborating on it. And those accused say the number is but a tip of the iceberg they Are scapegoats and should be punished less lightly than what amounts to a year s suspension they say the Honor system they contend in t working i love the place but you look at it now. There Are so Many problems up there and the institution wont face Young Curley said. Expressing his determination to graduate nonetheless he is destined to do so his family says. While still hospitalized after her son s premature birth he weighed three pounds then compared with 156 now a mrs Curley happened to watch a the Long i Ray line a on television then and there she said she decided a this is where he was going to go the film was on several nights and Mother and father watched it at Home so it seemed natural enough that toy soldiers and tanks would Grace his first Christ Mas when the boy turned nine the movie came on again and his lather let him stay up for it a was Long As i can remember from that time on that a where i wanted to go Quot the Cadet recalled idly thumbing the 760page transcript of his hearing by the Board of officers that convicted him he was always a Leader. His parents said when the curleys moved to this pleasant Community on the South Shore neighbouring children mostly fished for play. But soon they played baseball and War he organized this Block beamed the trim Mother of three other children a they were his army. A at High school where he graduated 161st out of 800, Curley was Captain of his football and Lacrosse teams by the time he was in the 9th Grade his Mother said he was already getting Calls from West Point Young Curley wanted to go there so much that he did t even answer the letter when the Navy invited him on a recruitment trip to Annapolis he has excelled at West Point. Seventh in his class of More than 800 in leadership ninth in physical education j picked to be executive officer in charge of summer training at the Academy scamp Buckner a i think based on Kenneth a ability to get along with people and his dedication toward his profession and doing a Good Job he could be commissioned right now As an outstanding officer a his tactical officer testified at Curley s hearing. Added a history professor a i think or. Curley has More natural leadership ability than any Cadet that i know. There is no doubt in my mind that i would want that Young Man As a lieutenant in my even col Jack m. Pol i in the president of the officer Board that convicted Curley asked West Points superintendent to allow him to remain at the Academy despite the mandatory penalty of expulsion. Curley subsequently testified at a congressional hearing on the cheating scandal. Then the scandal came Home. Before she Hung up. Abruptly. Curleys grandmother had cried into the phone about the family s a disgrace a a saying mrs. Curley said a what about my senior citizens club what am i going to Tell them a Ann Curley said she even asked her employer whether she should quit because of the notoriety. The offer was rejected an out of work electronics buyer she now works As a waitress to pay $300-a-month Telephone Bills she says accumulated in the cadets defense. A a everybody a turning their Back on these said mrs. Curley who has stopped wearing her West Point necklace a i Don t think it s fair. What i m angered at. If something does t work you ought to change said or Curley a 46-Vear-old Industrial artist a i think he a going to be a better officer because he went through this and his son agreed a there s not a Guy involved who has t done a lot of growing not everyone stands behind their sons like the curleys the Cadet said he said one mixing Island Cadet was disowned by his army Captain brother a a lot of Guys Are afraid to go Home Quot he said sky Sty a jays a a Yyi . A. Quot ref Yew la the i of of 1hif i or r n to w amp j1 v a a j tit in Al / my amp hmm. To i i menus leather look jacket the today look styled for the fashion conscious Mon. Jacket has snap front with Nylon lining several styles to choose a rom some with embroidered Yoke comes s m i Al a Fairfield Plaza. Highway 311 South a in tit la a it �j7. 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