19 July 2017, 11:55 | Updated: 19 July 2017, 11:58
Izaha Akins of Ohio taught a class, toured the school and even hired a car to prove a point about campus security.
An 18 year old in the US who fooled an entire school into thinking he was a state Senator has been charged by police.
The Blade reports that Izaha Akins of Marion, Ohio was allowed to speak to a high school American Government class, got a tour of the school from the principal and had a car and driver provided for the day after claiming to have been appointed as replacement state Senator after the previous occupant “resigned because of illness”. Mr Akins even hired a set of ‘aides’ to pretend to accompany him around campus.
Izaha’s motivation behind the stunt was to prove a point about security in schools:
“These country schools think it can’t happen to them. I was duping to prove a point, that these kinds of things can happen. They could easily have Googled me and they didn’t. The presentation was about being active in politics, political processes. Everyone thought it was legit, bought into it, including the teacher.”
Having fooled the entire school, Akins was eventually rumbled when the actual state Senator, Sen. David Burke, turned up for a scheduled visit on January 14th, a month on from Izaha’s scam. Akins was then charged with one count each of impersonating a peace officer and telecommunications fraud, both felonies.
Also, as a result, the local superintendent has ordered “more stringent security, by requiring a phone call to the sponsoring agency of any visitors to verify their identity“. It’s a good start but seeing as this guy also managed to fool teachers with a fake clarifying phone call from his ‘aide’, maybe some bigger steps are needed to handle this stuff?
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