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It's cheating and if she gets caught she will fail. F. Many schools have software to check to plagiarism.
Her friends are playing a very dangerous game with higher stakes than they realize. If they fail a high-school class due to cheating, every college they apply to will see it on their transcript. This is not only immoral behavior, but it's very foolish behavior.
One of the things that I emphasize to my kids is that the point of school is to develop their minds. Her friends aren't getting ahead, they are failing to get out of the assignment what they are supposed to. By not practicing their writing and getting feedback on it, they aren't getting ready for what comes next, including high stakes testing where they have to write essays on the fly.
Or writing as part of a career. (My DH is an engineer and does far more writing than most people would expect. I'm getting certified to teach special ed and will need to write a lot for IEPs and such. Pretty much all professional jobs required at least some writing. One might as well take the opportunities presented in school to actually LEARN this skill so one can be AHEAD of the slackers latter)
If she is such a great writer already, it wouldn't take her much time to crank out a paper. The only reason it is tempting to cheat is because she has to work at it, because she needs the practice.
but everything has pros and cons