Fourteen-year-old girl distressed after dating adult posing as teen boy
ROBYN H. JIMENEZ | 6/11/2018, 8:17 p.m.
“And we just basically said, ‘Come as you are and will fill in the pieces later.’ And so that’s what happened as he in enrolled in to Skyline High School, suggesting he was a hurricane evacuee and didn’t have any sort of major paperwork because it had been lost and flooded and did not have access to it.”
She also explained that the state’s McKinney–Vento Act allowed for homeless students to attend public schools under more relaxed enrollment standards, if the student did not have access to his or her identification, address verification, previous school transcripts and such.
“The law is really designed to help those who are most in need and not allow for that process to be any more cumbersome because they don’t have those things,” she continued. “The district is currently reviewing internal policies to avoid this type of incident from reoccurring. She did not anticipate that a report of a revised policy would be given to the board of trustees this month, but possibly over the summer for the upcoming school year.”
Along with school policy, the district has to address Hillcrest’s adult basketball player who competed against teenage players during Dallas ISD games.
“We have self-reported it to the University Interscholastic League and are currently working with them to provide any of the information that they are requesting to see what kind of action will take place, if anything, as a result of what happened,” Harris explained. “We are anticipating something but I’m not certain. So we’re just waiting and working alongside UIL with regard to that.”
A clear motive for the deception is still unknown. While Dallas ISD speculated that he might have been desperate to relive his glory days as a high school basketball player, Angel’s family is concerned that sex trafficking could be a possible motive.
“We talked about a number of things,” Mia said. “I know that human trafficking is a big deal these days. Of course, I don’t know that that’s it, but it’s weird that the girlfriend was involved in this. I don’t know many women that would go along with their boyfriend being around schoolgirls. He communicated with her – I mean, looking at her text messages – at night. So I’m not sure what his motive could have actually been.”
Meanwhile, Harris was adamant that the incident was not a common occurrence and, along with Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and Hillcrest Principal Chris Bayer, extended an apology for the incident.
“We extend our deepest apologies that something like this slip through the cracks, if you will,” she offered. “It is definitely something that is not acceptable. It’s not something that should ever happen. And that’s why we are doing what we need to do to make sure this does not happen again ... to ensure that we have a safe school environment for all kids in Dallas ISD.