The lads at 22 Jump Street have missed out on an amazing marketing opportunity here...
Looking back on our school days, we do wonder whether, like the hilarious capers of the guys from 21 Jump Street (soon to be joined by 22 Jump Street) and Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed, what would it be like if we went back to school. Would we make the sports teams this time around? Are we still terrible at Maths? Would we be popular for once in our lives... Well, one woman named Charity Anne Johnson in Texas decided to give it a go.
The 34-year-old (according to police records) was arrested earlier this week for allegedly pretending to be a 15-year-old high school sophomore at a school in Longview, Texas. Charity had been taken in by Tamica Lincoln, a local resident who began acting as her guardian after Charity told her that she needed somewhere to stay and pretending that she was less than half her age.
Apparently, the staff and students at New Life Christian School, where she enrolled last October, were shocked and appalled by the news, having never guessed that Charity was older than she was claiming.
Pic via KLTV.com
Police arrested her on Tuesday at an apartment block after residents made a complaint against her, believing she was lying about her age, at which point they found out the truth, and that she had been going by the alias of Charite Stephens.
Lincoln told KLTV.com that Charity claimed that she had been abused by her biological parents, and that was why she needed somewhere to stay, after which Lincoln helped her enroll in the school where she has spent the majority of the academic year, to the point that Lincoln attended her parent-teacher conference. She told the news station that she couldn't understand the motive: "I just don't know why she did it. Why put yourself and others at risk to do something like this? I have deep concerns about her being who we don't know she is, and then she's out there at the school."
All round a pretty strange story, but if we had a choice, we're not sure we'd want to go back. All that homework and having to do sit around in a uniform all day. It would, quite literally, cramp our natural flair and style.