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Lying About Address For School

Should a Parent Be Jailed For Lying to Enroll in a Better School?

Mama only wants what's best for her tot, but is she within her rights to break the law to get there? With many of the nation's school systems in disarray, it's no surprise that parents will do whatever they can to give their kids the best education possible. In Akron, OH, a mother used her own father's address on school registration and free lunch forms to send her daughters to a better school. Last week, a judge found her guilty of record tampering and sentenced the single mom to 10 days in jail.

Ninety-six percent of LilSugar readers said they'd do anything – including breaking the law – to save their child's life. Some would say that education is the most important thing in a child's life. Should a parent be jailed for trying to give her lil one the best one available?

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amber512 amber512 6 years
I have to add, jail definitely was overkill.
TheBestRedDress TheBestRedDress 6 years
Of course it wasn't right for her to be jailed it was overkill. Her father was certainly paying taxes in that area. For her to now have a record so that all of her hard work trying to be a teaching assistant going down the drain was horrid. However there are plenty of us that know what this is really about. Those of you that don't get it, never would and never will.
chicagojlo chicagojlo 6 years
The problem is that to live in the area with the better school costs more - whether in taxes or just rental/property prices. I'd love to live in a cheaper area in a house that was as big as my family really needs and still have them attend the better schools in our current area but that's not the way the system works and I don't believe that you should break rules just because you don't agree with them. Plenty of parents like us make a lot of sacrifices to ensure our kids can live in the area they need to in order to get a good education. It's not fair that other people can get away with not having to do the same. In this case I think she went to jail primarily for lying on the free school lunch forms, since this is where the federal fraud comes in. But it makes much better headlines to make out that it was for lying about her address.
amber512 amber512 6 years
Just saw your comment Kristina, I was simply stating what I would do that in that situation. If you're willing to lie your way into a school (great lesson to teach your kid by the way), why wouldn't you be willing to sacrifice your money and/or time? It would certainly take some time and planning, but if 96% of readers would do ANYTHING for their child, I'm surprised they'd rather go for the dishonest route.
amber512 amber512 6 years
Oh I get it now! Rules don't apply to you if you're poor! Geez....
corcar86 corcar86 6 years
People keep saying "she should have just moved to a better school district" guess what better school districts tend to be in wealthier areas that some people just can't afford! Please have a reality check with a dash of compassion!
katialoves katialoves 6 years
of course no one should be alowed to lie. she should have moved to the district that she wanted the school in. jail's way too much for this though! keep that jail spot for 10 extra days for a predator instead!
Mystofflyn Mystofflyn 6 years
I'm in a similar situation. I live in the Flint, MI school district. Look it up sometime, it's an academic death sentence. Astronomical drop-out rates, violence and gangs run rampant, drugs down every hall. I would not hesitate one second if I had a viable method to take my children out of the school district. As it is, I have the ability to send my child to a private school, but I would gladly spend 10 days in jail if I didn't have the finances to do so. She did break the law. But the grandfather was paying taxes to the district, and the school got an extra buck from the state for having the child in there. No one was hurt. The law should be changed.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I wouldn't feel right about lying. I'd either move somewhere if I really wanted my kid to go to school there or homeschool if I think it'd be better for my child. Cheaters (and liars) never prosper.
BellaH68 BellaH68 6 years
"how"*, not "home"
BellaH68 BellaH68 6 years
I'm astounded at home many people are so quick to condemn this woman. Yes, what she did was wrong technically...but as a previous poster said, it goes to show what is truly wrong in the education system that some kids cant even take home text books (sharing in the classroom) while other kids get new ones each year. At the end of the day, ALL of these kids are our countries future so we need to quit picking and choosing which kids matter and which do not...otherwise its just perpetuating a vicious cycle. They are making an extreme example out of her and capitalizing on the fact that she couldn't afford a decent attorney to defend her properly.
corcar86 corcar86 6 years
You know...it may seem wrong to try and send your kid to a different school district in a situation where your home school district is comparable to the education and resources that your child will have available to him or her but in a case like this where she was coming from a less safe and less well funded/run school in not as nice an area to a much much better school it seems extremely harsh to punish this woman so severely (especially where she actually has family living and paying taxes in said district!). We all pay federal taxes and many states have state taxes so its not as if this woman is cheating the system and even people who never have children or whose children are grown are forced to pay school taxes even though they get nothing more out of it...wheres the fairness in that? People shouldn't be so quick to condemn this woman for seeking to better her children opportunities and as she is an aspiring teacher from what I have read its not as if she herself will not be giving back directly to a school system somewhere!
Studio16 Studio16 6 years
I don't think she needs to be jailed, but I don't think that she should be allowed to do it. Schools, particularly ones in nice areas, are overcrowded as it is.
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