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One high school student struck a deal to potentially get out of taking the final. / TotalDrewMove/Twitter screenshot

UPDATE at 8:25 p.m.: Students of Round Rock High School in Texas will be taking exams no matter how many retweets any student receives, said Round Rock Independent School District Spokeswoman JoyLynn Occhiuzzi.

"The law says that the teacher must give a grade on student mastery," Occhiuzzi told USA TODAY Network via phone Friday evening.

Principal Natalie Nichols recently had a conversation with the school's art teacher and high school senior Andrew Muennink, Occhiuzzi said. "They both maintained that it was a joke from the beginning," she added.

Muennink,18, is bummed that receiving 15,000 retweets of his Twitter profile photo will not mean that his class will get out of the final. "A deal is a deal and you should see that through," Muennink said in a phone interview with USA TODAY Network.

He says he will "probably" show up for the final "but I think it is not right for them to go back on their deal."

"I was serious. I don't want to take the final. I'm not very artistic and she grades us hard," Muennink said. "[The teacher] didn't really indicate that it was a joke. She shook hands with me. She was laughing the whole time."

He is not facing any disciplinary action at school, according to Occhiuzzi. "It is his first amendment right," she added. "It was his fifteen minutes of fame. He's having fun."

The teacher, according to Occhiuzzi, is not giving media interviews. "She is a popular teacher. She is a jokester. It is a lesson learned."

UPDATE at 7:33 p.m.: Round Rock High School district spokesperson contacted ABC News Friday to say that art students will indeed be taking final exams at the end of May.

Muennink told ABC via Twitter that his story was true, saying, "A deal was made and it should be owned up to," ABC reports.

Efforts to reach the school district independently for comment have not been successful as of 7:33 p.m. Friday.

Original story:

Let's just say they are mastering the art of negotiation.

Fifteen thousand retweets will mean no final for one high school class in Texas after an opportunistic student struck a sweet deal with his art teacher, ABC News reports.

Andrew Muennink, a senior at Round Rock High School, said he has until May 23 (12 p.m.) to produce results, according to the network.

So far, Muennink has 3,851 retweets. You can tell by his Twitter account that he's been diligent about marketing his proposal. Will he make it? Who knows.

Muennink isn't the only one cutting deals this year with teachers. The Twitterverse is full of negotiations. One student named Mackenzie Slagle appears to have agreed to 250,000 retweets, according to her Twitter account. Another group in Minnesota only has to reach 50,000.

Time will tell whether the students can make it. And if not, they'll be fine. It's only a test.






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