Lying About What School District Her Kids Live In Nets Mom 5 Years in Jail
Under the Heading–Because We Don’t Have Anything More Important To Do, Let’s Punish Moms for Putting Their Kids in Safe Schools.
Struggling to get her teaching degree, single mom Kelley Williams-Bolar worried about her own kids’ education. The district she lives in–poor, predominately black and troubled –is not far from the one her father lives in–middle class, predominately white, and academically superior. She chose to enroll her two daughters in her father’s district. She was arrested, charged with Grand Theft and felony falsifying of records. She and her father were charged with stealing $30,500 from the school district the two children were attending.
According to M L Schultz, News Director of WKSU,
Ohio has property taxes basically as the main support for schools. And so the school districts say if somebody doesn’t live in the school district, they’re not paying the property taxes, so they are stealing from the school district by enrolling their children there. And that’s where they came up with the $30,000 figure. They said you need to pay the equivalent tuition for that property tax money that we’re not getting.
Kelley was convicted of the tampering charges and sentenced to 5 years in prison. The judge then suspended the sentence leaving “only” ten days. In addition, she was given 80 hours of community service. Kelley who has been going to college and working as a teaching assistant at a High School had no previous record. Now, in all likelihood, she will lose her chance to teach school. The judge in the case said, “‘Because of the felony conviction, you will not be allowed to get your teaching degree under Ohio law as it stands today.”
Breaking a law is not the same as behaving immorally. During the 1800’s in America, we flogged mothers for trying to free their children from slavery. Today, in America, we sentence mothers to jail for trying to save their kids from poverty. Kelley may have broken the law but she obeyed instincts that most mothers understand. Why are we punishing her so harshly? She has already served the 10 days. Don’t let her suffer any more.
Hat tip to Black Voices