Mr. Smith had an Ethical Dilemma ... Accusing students of cheating is a big accusation and he didn't have proof
Let me step away from th situation for a minuet have lunch and then decide what to do.
Respect for others
Respect for himself
Something happened when Mr. Smith bit into his golden apple. He didn't have all the answers but he remembered all the amazing ethical characteristics he upheld through out his personal and professional life.
Search for truth
When I confront the student I need to make sure I do it with respect, patients, and an open mind. I do not know if they were cheating and need to tell them my concerns and make sure they know and are aware of the consequences.
When school was over Mr. Smith asked the boy to stay for a minuet so as not to embarrass them in front of the class.
The boys were shock Mr. Smith had caught them cheating. They admitted to it and explained they were nervous about the test and didn't want to get a bad grade.
Mr. Smith was glad he acted in a clam manner and showed the boys respect by addressing it in private. He informed the boys that he would be contacting their parents but because of their honesty he would give them another chance to take a different form of the test.