Okay. Let’s examine something. Tonya McDowell has been sentenced to five years in prison for enrolling her child in a better school outside of her district. Meanwhile, Trent Mays & Ma’lik Richmond, the rapists from Steubenville, Ohio, got a collective three years of time in a juvenile correctional facility between the two of them, & they’re being made out as the victims because they had “promising futures.” What the ACTUAL FUCK is going on.
NAACP helping Tanya McDowell, a homeless mother who was arrested for allegedly sending her son to a school outside of her district.ABC News: Tonya McDowell’s Case Attracts Attention of Civil Rights Leaders
From ABC News
The NAACP is stepping in to help Tanya McDowell, the Connecticut mother arrested for allegedly sending her son to a school outside of her district.
McDowell will be arraigned Wednesday on charges that she stole educational services from Norwalk Public Schools by allegedly lying about her home address.
Tanya McDowell, 33, was arrested April 15 and charged with first degree grand larceny for allegedly stealing $15,686 in educational services from Norwalk Public Schools. Her 6-year-old son was enrolled in Brookside Elementary School in Norwalk, Conn., from September of last year until January of this year.
“The NAACP doesn’t like that they’re trying to attack somebody whose poor and doesn’t have a good support system,” said Scot X. Esdaile, president of the Connecticut State Conference of the NAACP. “This is discrimination.”
McDowell claims that she’s homeless and was floating between a homeless shelter, a friend’s apartment in Norwalk and a home in Bridgeport when she registered her son for school. McDowell registered her son under her babysitter’s address in Norwalk. McDowell told The Daily Norwalk that she simply wanted the best education for her son.
Under federal law, children can continue to attend classes in a school district where they began their education if the family was homeless.
Norwalk Mayor Richard A. Moccia refused to talk to ABC News, but defended the arrest to other media outlets.
Homeless Mother Jailed for Sending Son to Public School with Fake Address
- A homeless woman in Connecticut has been sentenced to prison for using a fake address to enroll her son in a public school outside of her former district. Tonya McDowell, who is black, listed her babysitter’s address so her son could attend a school in Norwalk, instead of Bridgeport, where she used to live. Now living out of a van, McDowell occasionally has stayed at a homeless shelter in Norwalk. She was accused of stealing over $15,000 in “free” educational services for her son. Coupled with other charges for selling illegal drugs, she was given a 12-year sentence in prison, suspended after she serves five years. Her attorney, Darnell Crosland, said: “You shouldn’t be arrested for stealing a free education. It’s just wrong.”
Homeless mother who sent six-year-old son to better school in the wrong town jailed for five years
A mother 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.
Her case drew national attention and support from civil rights leaders and other advocates who wanted the charge dismissed.
McDowell told police she was living in a van and occasionally slept at a Norwalk shelter or a friend’s Bridgeport apartment when she enrolled her son Norwalk’s Brookside Elementary School.
Police said McDowell stole $15,686 worth of ‘free’ educational services from Norwalk.
She also pleaded guilty to four counts of sale of narcotics, which will be included in her prison sentence.
In a separate case, she pleaded guilty on February 7 to selling drugs.
McDowell’s lawyer, Darnell Crosland, said she agreed to accept a plea bargain rather than continue fighting the charges even though she insists she is not guilty.
Mr Crosland said: ‘You shouldn’t be arrested for stealing a free education. It’s just wrong.’
McDowell was sentenced to 12 years in jail, suspended after she serves five years, and five years probation.
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