An Ohio mother of two was sentenced to 10 days in jail and placed on three years probation after sending her kids to a school district in which they did not live. Kelly Williams-Bolar was sentenced by Judge Patricia Cosgrove on Tuesday and will begin serving her sentence immediately.
The jury deliberated for seven hours and the courtroom was packed as the sentence was handed down. She was convicted on two counts of tampering with court records after registering her two girls as living with Williams Bolar’s father when they actually lived with her. The family lived in the housing projects in Akron, Ohio, and the father’s address was in nearby Copley Township.
Additionally, Williams-Bolar’s father, Edward L. Williams, was charged with a fourth-degree felony of grand theft, in which he and his daughter are charged with defrauding the school system for two years of educational services for their girls. The court determined that sending their children to the wrong school was worth $30,500 in tuition.
Secondly, it’s interesting how courts find it convenient to make someone into an example when they happen to be poor and black. I’d love to see how they prosecute wealthy white women who commit the same offense. Oh, I forgot: Most wealthy white women don’t have to send their kids to the schools located near the projects.
This is quite a disgraceful act of so called “justice.” Why should a mother be jailed for wanting better educations for her daughters? The real crime is not that of Mrs. Williams-Bolar, but that of the racial divides in our education system. Not only does the system remain segregated, but virtually exclusive as well. When one thinks about how the mother even ended up in court is shady. Obviously someone found it suspicious that two black children were attending a predominantly white school.
What about the harsh actions of the judge? Prosecutors were fine with probation, however with the felony charge of simply ten days in jail, the mother is ineligible to teach in the state of Ohio. Which, she took on to improve the lives of her children.
This is absolutely disgusting and I’m more disturbed by the lack of outrage or leadership by civil rights group. Where is the NAACP? Where is the ACLU?
Why am I just NOW hearing about this today…via Tumblr? I WORK IN EDUCATION, FOR FUCK’S SAKE. Shame on you, America.
This is not okay.
okay maybe i’m not getting the connection, but the title of the article and the statement at the beginning of the article don’t make sense. if she sent them to a school in a district in which they didn’t live, regardless of their race, that’s illegal. however, if the school district is specifically segregated, that’s messed up.
What’s messed up is that you’d never see a white parent get punished like this for doctoring papers to get their kid into a better school district. My mother did it with me, for crying out loud. And I’m fairly sure the school knew about it, but did nothing.
What’s messed up is that black neighborhoods and communities in this country have historically got the short end of the stick when it comes to schools and other resources. They could be living one block away from a wealthy white school district, but still be receiving only a fraction of what that district gets in terms of funds for education. The school districts may not be LEGALLY segregated, but you can be damn sure there are decision makers and policies in place that lead to the segregation of white communities and black communities. And guess which community always benefits?
I don’t care if it’s against the law. The law is unjust. A mother trying to provide the best education possible for her children is going to jail, has to pay outrageous fines, and has lost her chance at a career that she was pursuing in order to provide a better life for her kids. Why? Because she dared to try and send her children to a better school district.
Show me one white woman who has committed the same crime and has received anywhere near the same harsh punishment.
I’m sure I’ll have more thoughts on this later but if you look at the other woman in the back (the bailiff) ….yep I know she KNOWS this is WRONG….
we are in the times of DIY… and unfortunately it’s moving towards the “by any means necessary” mode… I pray for/with her and her family…sigh