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A 29-year-old woman is arrested for lying about her age to attend a New Jersey high school as a student


She is accused of presenting a false birth certificate to deceive the school, which she attended for several days as if she were a teenager.

By Marlene Lenthang -

NBC News

A 29-year-old woman was arrested last week on charges of impersonating a teenager to attend a New Jersey high school for at least four days as a student, school district officials said.

The woman, identified by New Brunswick police as Hyejeong Shin, is accused of providing a false birth certificate to enroll, and has been banned from the school.

With that forged document, she managed to attend the center for several days without being discovered, said the superintendent of the New Brunswick school district, Aubrey Johnson, last Tuesday at a meeting of the Board of Education.

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“Last week, by presenting some false documents, an adult female posing as a student was able to enroll in our high school,” Johnson said, according to video of the meeting shared on Twitter by reporter Charlie Kratovil of the local NBC News station in New Brunswick.

In her school days, Shin spent a lot of time with counselors trying to get more information about her, Johnson said, until, finally, school staff "discovered this woman's ruse" and notified law enforcement. .

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The school

has warned students to refrain from contact with her

, both in person and virtually.

The district will review its enrollment process to improve the mechanisms by which false documentation is detected, he added. 

“It is an unfortunate event.

We first reached out to all the parents of the people the young woman may have been in contact with, and today we have informed all the parents at the high school of what happened,” Johnson said at the meeting.

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Police said New Jersey statutes state that schools must "immediately enroll unaccompanied children, even in the absence of documents normally required for enrollment."

But a district may request such documents later to verify a student's age.

“The well-being of our students, staff, and community is of the utmost importance to us, and we will continue to work with the police department and our other partners to address this matter,” Johnson said.

Source: telemundo

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