All things considered, this is a travesty.
An Ohio mother’s attempt to provide her daughters with a better education has landed her behind bars.
“It’s overwhelming. I’m exhausted,” she said. “I did this for them, so there it is. I did this for them.”
Williams-Bolar decided four years ago to send her daughters to a highly ranked school in neighboring Copley-Fairlawn School District.
But it wasn’t her Akron district of residence, so her children were ineligible to attend school there, even though her father lived within the district’s boundaries.
The school district accused Williams-Bolar of lying about her address, falsifying records and, when confronted, having her father file false court papers to get around the system.
Williams-Bolar said she did it to keep her children safe and that she lived part-time with her dad.
“When my home got broken into, I felt it was my duty to do something else,” Williams-Bolar said.
While her children are no longer attending schools in the Copley-Fairlawn District, school officials said she was cheating because her daughters received a quality education without paying taxes to fund it.
“Those dollars need to stay home with our students,” school district officials said.
The district hired a private investigator, who shot video showing Williams-Bolar driving her children into the district.
The school officials asked her to pay $30,000 in back tuition.
Williams-Bolar refused and was indicted and convicted of falsifying her residency records.
She was sentenced last week to 10 days in county jail and put on three years of probation.
She will also be required to perform community service, the Beacon Journal reported.
Williams-Bolar said she was being singled out.
“I don’t think they wanted money ? ,” Williams-Bolar said. “They wanted me to be an example.”
Presiding Judge Patricia Cosgrove acknowledged as much.
“I felt that some punishment or deterrent was needed for other individuals who might think to defraud the various school districts,” Cosgrove said.
Watch the video. They spent thousands of taxpayer dollars investigating 100 families, which they claim is less than what they are losing through the unpaid tuition. Uh huh.
Three agreed to stay and pay the tuition, the others either proved they were residents of the district or admitted guilt. Bolar fought the issue, so she got penalized.
There are illegal aliens in this country who lie about and hide their status all the time. They also falsify documents and obtain fake identification. Some of them are attending highschool and college courtesy of the American taxpayer. How come no jail time for them?