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RI High School students use twitter to get out of exams

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By: Alexandra Cowley 
acowley@abc6.com 

Twitter helped two local high school students win a bet with their teachers to get out of their final exams. The students, from North Kingstown High School, bet their teachers; if they could get a certain number of tweets on the picture of the bet, they would get a pass on their final, and they won.

The master plan was senior Patrick Limoge's idea. He made a bet with his math teacher. Get 50,000 re-tweets on the picture of the bet by May 27th, and get out of taking the final. He surpassed that.

"I reached the 50–thousand mark in ten hours," smirked Limoge.

Word spread quickly about Limoge's bet on twitter, and soon, other students were following his lead.

"I saw how quickly he was getting it, so I just figured I should try it," said Jake Porter.

Porter, a junior, shook on a similar deal with his chemistry teacher,except she went all in.

"She said how about 70-thousand re-tweets and it's the whole class. So, I said deal and then we wrote it on the white board and we took a picture," Porter said.

The tweeting to get out of tests is gaining followers from across the country.

"It's a unique way to get out of something, I don't think anyone has ever thought of it before," said Limoge.

Even though they won the bet, the students will still have to take their tests. Their teachers didn't realize just how powerful social media can be. Neither did they.

"It gave me further awareness and carefulness of what I tweet and put up," explained Limoge. 

Even Jake's mom is impressed by her son's trickery, after all, she says it would have been just one test, and it shows his courage to take a
stance.

"I think it's kind of cool that he had enough confidence in himself and his classmates to do this," said Gina Porter.

The teachers didn't think the students could pull it off , and when they did, they realized administration wouldn't be okay with it. The students are a little disappointed, but say they understand.

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