Jail Time for Sending Daughters to a Safer School?

January 26, 2011  |  

Like any good parent, Ohio mother, Kelley Williams-Bolar wanted a better and safer education for her two daughters, so she used her father’s address to allow the girls to attend a school in the highly ranked, predominately white Copley-Fairlawn School District.

School officials became suspicious and hired a private investigator to follow Williams-Bolar and her daughters. The investigator shot a video of her dropping her daughters off into the school district. The school officials confronted Williams-Bolar and asked that she pay $30,000 in school tuition; when she refused, they took her to court.

She was indicted for falsifying residency records, a felony, sentenced to 10 days in county jail and probation for the next three years. She’s also required to complete community service. After the ruling, the presiding judge, Patricia Cosgrove, said, “I felt that some punishment or deterrent was needed for other individuals who might think to defraud the various school districts.”

Something smells very foul here. It’s obvious Williams-Bolar was being used as an example for any other black…concerned parents who want their children to get a better education. Never mind that the girls’ grandfather paid taxes into the district.

Would you have done what Williams-Bolar did? Is the school right to protect its tax-paying families?


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