Wow! I haven't returned to this posting of mine but it's been a very interesting read since then; there were clear lines drawn between "people who are lawyers" and "lawyers who are people." To those who offered advice to the question I posted (people who are lawyers) - many thanks. To those who suffer from an excess of personality (to put it politely) there is nothing anyone can say that they would listen to anyway, so I will simply post a few facts they forgot while typing aspersions, judgments, opinions:
I asked 2 questions: Both could be answered with a "yes" or "no."
Is writing an appeal letter to LSAC my only option?
Is this a situation where a "warning" should have been given instead?
I offered "details" only to complement the story "if interested," though in dealing with people I assumed a few opinons.
To clarify, I have absolutely no disagreement with the rules. I violated a rule of the test and the penalties should be harsh; I accept that. In the 10th reply I concurred and corrected the "advice" I was seeking was actually to avoid being branded a "cheater" and what were my options to clarify my LSAC record, NOT to appeal so as to excuse my test and indiscretion. I wrote "My appeal letter is intended to address the topic of cheating rather than rule breaking"
Furthermore I never
intended to appeal due to my child's illness. There is nothing I have written to infer this was a position I was interested in or sought to twist to my benefit. [Read the posts] Some of you felt very at ease twisting discovery, especially the self-appointed better lawyers. Arrogance and sarcasm are easily recognized but challenging to defend -- It is difficult to unring a bell.
As for the gravity of disrupting other testers I don't have to prostrate to anyone here on how I felt about disrupting others, but for Board community purposes it should be known I fully understood the severity of such a time intensive test and how ANY distraction (sniffing nose, tapping, ringing phone) is not simply a matter of rule breaking but a selfish disregard for others (regardless of intent.) My guilt at the infraction is mine alone but nothing said here regarding the strength of following the rules could be argued. Again, even though this was not part of my posting I understand the emotions surrounding the sanctity of the test and those who hold the flag highest. If you chose to cast "selfishness" rather than "mistake" it is your prerogative.
In closing, I found it a curiously winding road to how it all ended with a discussion of varying degrees of "douchebagness," but those who feel most comfortable proclaiming aspersions, judgments, or opinions without full knowledge of situations must have great reasons for doing so.
There are real people with real imperfect lives on the other end of discussion boards. "People who are lawyers" can see it. "Lawyers who are people" find the distinction more fuzzy though they will tell you their vision is perfect. Alas, there is nothing anyone can say to them that they would listen to anyway, so I simply posted a few facts in this message.
PS> Further clarification regarding my son's fire ant episode: The red line had ceased earlier in the AM hours (taping the skin showed) and his skin had turned to pink and began to soften around the infection area rather than maintain it's red color and hardness by the morning hours; the infection obviously had broken. I would not have taken the test if it was progressing but mom and I felt it was safe for me to run off and take the test. I called during test break to see how he was doing. Should anything have happened during test Mom would have taken him to hospital and I would have left test center immediately. These things do progress hour-by-hour but we felt confident things were improving. Due to my life the Feb exam was the only chance I had to try for Sept. admission. Not everyone has extra years to try to balance life and get into law school. Sometime you have to force things, though some here (without knowing everything) seem to disagree.
I still hold to my earlier statement: How we help others does not forge our character but instead reveals it.