“What’s the Right Thing To Do?” is a monthly column featuring ethical dilemmas with responses from students in the Greater Boston area. I am aware of the daily dilemmas students face and this column, of interest to both students and their parents, helps people openly discuss these issues and bring these ethical discussions we all face to the forefront. This concept is especially timely because we are faced with very challenging ethical dilemmas, which are even more prevalent now because of the power and influence of social media.

Your science assignment is to come up with an idea for an experiment. You tell your friend your idea and then discover he submitted it to the teacher first. What’s the right thing to do? 

“I would tell the teacher about the situation and that it was my idea first. Even though this is my friend, I don’t want someone to take credit for something I came up with. I would be very upset with my friend and make sure the teacher knows this other student isn’t being fair.”
Ava, junior, Moses Brown School

“I would tell my friend to tell the teacher that it wasn’t his idea and he has to come up with a different project. if he refuses, I would come up with a new idea and distance myself from my friend because he betrayed me.”
—Adam, senior, Gann Academy

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