NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (TCD) — A 29-year-old woman is accused of bringing a fake birth certificate to a local high school and attending classes while pretending to be a teenager for several days before being arrested.
January 24, Charlie Kratovil posted a video on Twitter showing part of a meeting of the Board of Education in which the Superintendent of Schools of New Brunswick, Dr Aubrey Johnson, spoke about the woman and how she enrolled in the school .
Johnson said, “By filing false documents, an adult woman posing as a student was able to be enrolled in our high school. »
She reportedly took lessons for four days “before being discovered”.
She has since been “prohibited from entering district property”.
Johnson said she was in “a few classes” but spent a lot of time in the school’s orientation area as officials “tried to get more information from her”.
The woman was reportedly arrested for providing false documents.
NJ.com identified the woman as Hyejeong Shin.
According to New Brunswick Today, parents and teachers were reportedly notified of Shin’s entry into the school and are prohibited from communicating with her.
NJ 101.5-FM Reports New Brunswick Police said in a statement, “Schools are required to immediately enroll unaccompanied children, even in the absence of the documents normally required for enrollment. Proof of guardianship is not required to immediately enroll an unaccompanied child or youth.
The statement continues: “Although a school district may request documents such as a birth certificate to verify a child’s age, a school district may not prevent or discourage a child, including an unaccompanied child. , to enroll or attend school because he or she does not have a birth certificate or has documents that indicate a foreign place of birth, such as a foreign birth certificate. »
At the meeting, Johnson said he and the schools would “review our process” for verifying false documents.
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