Cops: 17-Year-Old Basketball Star Is a Bit Older Than 17

Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley, 25, accused of saying he was homeless to enroll in high school
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2018 8:44 AM CDT
Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley.   (Dallas County Jail, via Star-Telegram)

(Newser) – A "savvy" 25-year-old gamed the Dallas school system and posed as a high school student, all apparently so he could play some basketball, officials say. The Dallas Morning News reports Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley was arrested Friday after authorities say he pretended to be 17-year-old "Rashaun Richardson" and enrolled at two high schools—first Skyline in August, then Hillcrest in October, where he joined that school's basketball team and was voted District 11-5A's offensive player of the year. The Dallas ISD superintendent says the "perfect storm" that led to this involved an actual storm: Gilstrap-Portley reportedly said he'd been left homeless by Hurricane Harvey and came to Dallas alone. More:

  • The district tells WFAA students who've been through a natural disaster or are homeless aren't asked for the same documentation that's typically required, per federal law. Gilstrap-Portley may have scammed his way in with just immunization and physical records, a district rep says.

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