After a jury deliberated for over seven hours, an Ohio mother of two was sentenced to 10 days in prison and three years probation for enrolling her kids in a school district in which they did not live.
Kelly Williams-Bolar was convicted on two counts of tampering with court records after registering her two girls as living with their grandfather in Copley Township in Ohio. The girls really lived with their mother in the housing projects in Akron, Ohio.
The grandfather, Edward L. Williams, was also charged with a fourth-degree felony of grand theft. The court determined that sending their children to the wrong school was worth $30,500 in tuition.
Is this serious? How many people do you know that are doing the same thing here in Milwaukee? I guess it truly is a crime to want the best for your children.
I wonder if this woman was white living in the projects and wanted her kids to go to a white school, would she suffer the same penalty? Or would the judge feel sorry for the white woman for being mixed in with the poor blacks?
Patricia Cosgrove, the judge over this case, said that her sentence was appropriate ”so that others who think they might defraud the school system perhaps will think twice.”
I’m guessing this woman has no children or has never had to worry about her children’s well-being and education. A good mother wouldn’t think twice when it comes to her kids’ education.
Even more heartbreaking, this mother was in school to become a teacher, and now that she has been charged with a felony, that chance has been stripped away from her.
”Because of the felony conviction, you will not be allowed to get your teaching degree under Ohio law as it stands today,” the judge said. ”The court’s taking into consideration that is also a punishment that you will have to serve.”
So not only are her children denied the opportunity to attend a better school, the mother’s dreams of becoming a school teacher are taken away…all because she wanted the BEST for her family.