Parents, Students Shocked 25-Year-Old Posed as High School Student
Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley a 25-year-old, pretended to be a victim of Hurricane Harvey and posed as a student at Hillcrest High School.
Parents at Hillcrest Hight School were shocked and wondered what the school district was going to do about it so it doesn’t happen again.
” That’s just incredibly disturbing,” said Christina Lagoda a parent. “I haven’t heard anything about it, obviously concerned for my daughter’s safety.”
Julio Yepez a parent who’s daughter attends Hillcrest said, ” I have to talk to my daughter about being more aware of the situation, to make sure she is safe.”
Parents were concerned why the school didn’t inform them about it and how a man using a fake name Rashaun Richardson was able to share hallways and classrooms with students.
Issomala Dosso said, “He was good at basketball, everyone knew him.”
“His was popular. A lot girls liked him,” said one of the mothers.
Police said, “He may have had an inappropriate relationship with an underage girl.”
“Unfortunately this was a perfect storm,” Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said. “When we had the issue of Hurricane Harvey in the Houston-area, he took advantage of that and portrayed himself as a victim of that event and enrolled himself in one of our schools.”
Hinojosa said his district has “liberal policies” when it comes to enrolling homeless students and Gilstrap-Portley used that leniency when he enrolled at Hillcrest. He went under the name of Rashaun Richardson and claimed he was 17 years old.
Gilstrap-Portley was arrested and charged with felony tampering with government documents for filing false enrollment records. Police were investigating his alleged relationship with a 14-year-old girl. He graduated North Mesquite High School in 2011.