Another Mom Jailed for Sending Child to Wrong School District

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black WorldScholarship in Action 

When Rev. Al Sharpton and I went to Ohio earlier this year to rally on behalf of Kelley Williams-Bolar, I thought I’d be done with cases like this for at least a little while. However, the Your Black World Coalition has been informed today that another mother in Connecticut has also been put in jail for enrolling her child in the wrong school district.

Tonya McDowell, a homeless woman from Bridgeport, CT, has been charged with grand larceny and conspiracy to commit first degree larceny after enrolling her son in Brookside Elementary, in Norwalk, CT. McDowell used the address of a friend, Ana Rebecca Marques, to get her 6-year old into the school. The district is accusing her of stealing $15,000 in services for her “deviant” behavior.


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6 responses to “Another Mom Jailed for Sending Child to Wrong School District

  1. Gwen Long

    I feel the arrest of these mothers is an inappropiate use of the law. There
    should be no law that jails a mother for wanting a better education.

  2. Diehl

    Calling all commentators where is you voice now? Even in the racist South if you are homeless in our state you can choose the closet school to your location or apply for homeless rights as a parent. Homeless is also when you must move in with a relative or friend but you yourself have no place to live that requires you to pay rent or mortgage. These are the issues that should be getting headlines, not how much our President made last year. We need to come to the aid of this young woman and her family.

  3. John

    And You Thought you had Arrived!!!! Arrived Where? Remember “If any one of us is chained, then none of us are Free”. You are fooling yourself if you think otherwise.. Did you see the Chimp Cartoons about the President? Well??

  4. Andrea

    It was only less than 60 years ago that our fearless leaders fought for our right to receive a quality education. So much blood was shed and for a worthy cause. I love all those leaders. I wish I could embrace them all. But, here we are again in yet another form of discriminationatory practice. When will it ever end? When will our youth of today realize that the fight is not over and that it is yet to begin again. Born in 1967 and surrounded by the passion an embrace of my teachers and parents who were teenagers in the 60’s, the fire still rages in me, when I hear of some unfair practices. We’ve got to become stronger and smarter.We’ve got to unite. What good is the dream, if we let it die? We have got to continue to carry the torch and bond as one. Our children’s future are at stake. ..and what did I do? I became an educator in Georgia to push out all those behind me to enforce the teachings and beliefs of Dr. King and so many like him. What do we need to do to help this defenseless woman who only wanted a part of the American dream that was rightfully owed to her? We’ve got to do something……..Time is of the essence.

  5. angela

    I would have done the same thing! if any one else is facing the same problem you need to give temporary gaurdian ship to the person living in the school district if you dont

  6. wtf

    Lol. Is this seriously a blog of black people defending the rights of a black women to break the law? Wow.

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