First, we had that kid, Dr. Love, who pretended to be a doctor and opened up a clinic in Florida. Now, we have another 18-year-old who is facing felony charges after impersonating a state senator in Ohio. Are teachers not giving enough homework these days or what?
Last December, Izaha Akins walked into Mohawk High School, told the school officials that he was there because he had replaced real-life Senator David Burke, then addressed an American government classroom full of his peers. His defense of this behavior is that he was proving a point.
“These country schools think it can’t happen to them,” he told The Toledo Blade. “I was duping to prove a point, that these kinds of things can happen. They could easily have Googled me and they didn’t.”
He claimed he wanted to eventually write a paper about how he “duped” the administrators. Chief among those administrators was Henry Stobbs, the teacher whose class was crashed by the teen. The Blade reported that Stobbs was a veteran teacher who was initially skeptical but was eventually convinced of Akins’ legitimacy once he began his presentation on the importance of being politically active.
Although it isn’t clear if he was really proving a point or not, the safety of high schools has been a hot topic for years now. In a perfect world. Akins’ antics might actually spark some meaningful conversation on the subject, but that remains to be seen. For now, the conversation surrounding Akins is all about what he pulled off and what will happen to him as a result.
No one suspected Akins until Senator Burke showed up for the real address weeks after Akins gave his. Burke has now given the following statement:
This was an extremely elaborate scheme and not a simple as walking through the door. When I learned about this, the school and I immediately began working with law enforcement.
Akins, a known and self-described activist for social justice-related causes like #BlackLivesMatter and women’s rights, faces one felony count each of impersonating a peace officer and telecommunications fraud.
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