The end of the school year is an exciting time for many.

There’s also a lot of prep and planning for those final days.

You’re also not paying attention to the final instructions towards the end of the year.  Especially if you are a senior.

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You’re ready, you’re ready to get out and enjoy the summer with friends.  You’re ready to go on that summer trip with the family.

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Let’s be honest here, you’re done with the year, but, what if, an unexpected twist hits your end-of-the-year plans.

Many students are preparing for finals.  Remember those?  The stress, the nonstop cramming, ‘trying to learn everything you should have learned over the course of the school year (or semester) in one-night panic.

What if, out of nowhere, you didn’t have to take them?  You’d probably be excited, and a little confused but it happened.

According to a report done by Jackie Roman from, their computer systems were hacked with ransomware and the attack took down Tenafly Public schools and Bergen County.  This forced the district to cancel the finals.

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Sebastian Herrmann, Unsplash

What is Ransomware?

In short, it's a computer virus that will hijack your entire system.  It will take all the files, from your precious photos, important documents, and programs, then lock them so you cannot access them.  Then, you will usually be prompted to pay a certain amount, that's where the ransom comes in, to get a "key" to unlock your files.  Depending on the situation, you may actually have to do this.

Listen, if this was our class, especially senior year, we would have been celebrating.

According to the report, there is no responsible party at this time.

“It’s unclear who is responsible for the ransomware attack in Tenafly or how much money they requested.”

So, to me, this doesn’t sound like some kid trying to get out of taking a test.  This almost seems too sophisticated for that, but then again, kids nowadays are clever.

For the record, and for someone who graduated in the early 2000s, I was a little offended when they referenced how the school had to go “back to basics.”  That's literally all we had in high school.


Pens, paper, pencils, and a row of computers that didn't work anyway.  No need for a hacker.  They just didn't work.

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Kelly Sikkeman, Unsplash

I don’t know about you, but that was all we had back in the day.  Yes, I just said back in the day.  A whole 20 years ago.

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