Schoolboy dubbed “bonafide genius” after he deceived teacher on Zoom for months

During lockdown one student fed up with online teaching came up with a very clever solution to his issue – and people were left in stitches after it was eventually revealed online

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It used to be that you’d blame the family dog for eating your homework when trying to get out of school work – but it appears time has moved on.

But during huge chunks of the Covid pandemic students often had to hand in their homework online – making it harder for the family pooch to shoulder the blame.

But one lad who came up with an ingenious way to dodge any questions in class – and it took weeks for his teacher to notice.

TV presenter Chris Arnold tweeted: “My wife is a teacher and apparently one kid has been changing his name to ‘Reconnecting’ during the Zoom lessons so that he doesn’t get asked any questions.

“Been doing it for weeks. The lad doesn’t need to worry about his education, he’s already a bona fide genius.”

His tweet went viral – with thousands of likes and retweets.

One pupil was praised for his technique to dodge questions


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One person joked: “I am not sure whether to be excited that the future is bright with this kid or worry that he may choose a political career.”

Another tweeted: “LOL this kid is going places.”

Lots of other people had similar stories – proving the kids really are all right.

One dad posted: “My son said some of his friends had set a looped moving image of themselves staring at the computer screen as their profile pic.

“Also lots of kids having private chatrooms to cheat on tests or in case someone gets called on in a lesson and wasn’t paying attention.”

A fellow parent added: “Sounds like my son! Thinking I was clever turning off the WiFi to get him off his Xbox.

“He was one step ahead of me and connected his mobile hotspot from his phone to his Xbox and had been playing for hours!”

Another posted: “We’ve seen “buffering…” and also kids setting their names to the name of another kid in the class and then posting rude comments in the chat.

“You can’t prove who it was because there’s now multiple kids with the same name!”

One teacher replied: “Last summer a kid set his profile to a photo of 3/4 of his face staring at the camera with a background of a wall in his room.

“Mandated cameras on, but you couldn’t tell if his was on or off—if you’re going to do that good of a job being awesome, I’m not going to stop you.”

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