Schemin’ the System?

CopcopMother who pleaded guilty to fraudulently enrolling her six-year-old son in the wrong school district has been sentenced to five years in prison. Tonya McDowell sent her son to an elementary school in Norwalk, Connecticut, instead of her home city of Bridgeport. The 34-year-old, who was homeless when she was charged with felony larceny last year, said she wanted the best education possible for the boy. McDowell last week entered her plea at Norwalk Superior Court under the Alford Doctrine, which means she does not admit guilt but concedes the state has enough evidence to convict her. Authorities told the hearing that she used a babysitter’s address to enroll her son in kindergarten in Norwalk when he should have attended schools in Bridgeport, her last permanent address.

Surely everybody is gonna feel sorry for this woman, but fact is she broke the law and now she has to do the time.  You can’t just pretend you live in towns you don’t live in to get your kids in nice schools.  If kids in rough areas got to go to any school they wanted, what would be the point of living in a nice neighborhood?

People are probably going to be concerned for the child and feel some sort of way about his upcoming school downgrade, but take a second and think about the real victims here: the other kids at the rich school.  What about them?  What about their well-being after being integrated with a ‘poor’ for the past year?  Tonya McDowell’s son was probably scaring those kids with his filthy homeless van culture.  I bet all those unfortunate rich parents had to answer questions about everything from cornbread to kool-aid.  “Mommy, what’s cocoa butter?”I bet a handful of those kids got diabetes just being around a child prole.

Locking Tonya up for 5 years is what’s best.  For the children.


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