According to the district, 17-year-old Rashaun Robinson is really 25-year-old Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley, who graduated from North Mesquite in 2011 - "when I was 7", my son said Tuesday night over dinner, when he was still insisting it wasn't that weird. Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley claimed to be a Hurricane Harvey refugee when he enrolled as Rashun Richardson at Skyline High School.
"He took that as an opportunity to gain access to our schools", Dallas Independent School District spokeswoman Robyn Harris told the outlet.
He has no previous criminal history.
"It's unbelievable to me that he could get away with this", the unidentified woman said.
The Dallas ISD is now investigating one of their students who they were told was Rashun Richardson. Portley was arrested Friday and is facing a charge of tampering with government records.
"We believe it is absolutely essential that every young person, especially in times of great difficulty, feels safe and secure, and that was the guiding principle when we were welcoming students displaced by the hurricane", Bayer said. DISD told WFAA that when a student enrolls and claims they are homeless or an evacuee due to a natural disaster, federal law exempts them from requiring documents they might not have. Gilstrap-Portley may have scammed his way in with just immunization and physical records, a district rep says.
The last time the impostor teen showed up for class was April 25.
His true identity was discovered when his ex-basketball coach at another area high school spotted him playing a high school tournament and recognized him from many years earlier. According to a write-up by the Preston Hollow People, "Rashun Richardson" scored 17 points in the team's first-round playoff loss.
"He was a good kid", North Mesquite's coach, Phillip Randall, told the Dallas Morning News.
"He was fairly savvy to be able to utilise that type of position, knowing that we were accepting Harvey students". He says the district will work to prevent a similar situation in the future.