Listen, I know everyone can’t lie about where they live in order to get their kids into a better school, but what if you don’t have an address?
In America, apparently, if you’re homeless and try to send your kid to school by using a friend’s address, you go to jail and face big money in fines.
As reported on Jezebel, 33-year-old Tonya McDowell was homeless when she enrolled her son in school in Norwalk, Connecticut so she used a friend’s address to give her son a better education.
When it was discovered that her last known address was in Bridgeport prosecutors brought down the hammer and now allege McDowell stole kindergarten. Does that make her education seeking 5-year-old an accomplice? As Gloria Erin Ryan jokes over on Jezebel, “It’s the oldest con in the game! Seasoned swindlers call it The Ol’ School Steal. The Kindergarten Kon. The 3 R’s- Reading, Riting, and Robbery.”
All joking aside, because this SO isn’t funny, McDowell has pleaded guilty to felony larceny and will probably serve jail time and have to pay restitution to the state. Specifically, she faces five years behind bars and $6,200 in fines.
Let’s hope that a judge uses his own kindergarten skills and can put two and two together to conclude that McDowell should get the lightest punishment possible. You shouldn’t be jailed for stealing a free education. How will jailing a single mother (where will her kindergarten stealing accomplice go?), and fining her thousands of bucks help anyone? Would it be some sort of lesson for all potential school-stealing, homeless, single mothers hoping to give their kids a leg up in the world? That’ll teach you to try and better your kids lives!
What do you think? Is the law the law or should certain circumstances require a delicate response?