Sidney Gilstrap-Portley, who is 25-years-old, wanted to relive his high school basketball glory days, so he took the fake name Rashun Richardson and pretended to be a high school student in Dallas, authorities allege.
It’s probably a fantasy that more than one person has had: to get a chance to relive high school with the wisdom that only age can provide. However, Gilstrap-Portley actually pulled off the masquerade for months, authorities allege, and now he’s been charged with a crime. He also goes by the name Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Gilstrap-Portley Convinced School Officials He was a Hurricane Harvey Evacuee, Reports Allege
Sidney Gilstrap-Portley post on MySpace.
Gilstrap-Portley was able to pose as a high school student so easily because he took advantage of the chaos in Texas around Hurricane Harvey, which led to many displaced people, including teenagers, going to new schools and finding welcoming environments, authorities allege. He told school officials he was a Hurricane Harvey refugee, according to CBS Dallas, when he enrolled as a high school student.
“He took that as an opportunity to gain access to our schools,” Dallas ISD spokeswoman Robyn Harris told The Dallas Morning News. “He was fairly savvy to be able to utilize that type of position, knowing that we were accepting Harvey students.”
Dallas Hillcrest was led by 6’2 Guard 🌡📈🎒💉Rashun Richardson 34 points 15 Rebounds #ChrisBoshShootout
Coaches he gave the #1 team in the Nation a 40🏀 in 3 quarters a few weeks ago! 💪🏾🔋⛽️ pic.twitter.com/un2YCLEVBt
— GT Prospect Report™© (@ProspectsReport) December 9, 2017
According to WFAA, federal law required the district to accept Hurricane Harvey displaced students without requiring documentation they may have lost, perhaps only requiring just a physical and immunization records.
Gilstrap-Portley originally enrolled at Skyline High School in the Dallas Independent School District Police as a freshman student before transferring to Hillcrest High School, according to NBC. He went by the name “Rashun Richardson” for his renewed high school experience.
Gilstrap-Portley’s date of birth is actually November 16, 1992, according to online records, which would make him 25. In a letter sent home to parents, the Dallas Independent School District wrote “we recently became aware of a student enrolled at our school under false pretenses claiming to be a displaced Hurricane Harvey victim.”
2. Gilstrap-Portley Was a Star on the Basketball Team for Hillcrest High but a Former Coach Recognized Him
Sidney Gilstrap Portley
Perhaps not surprisingly considering he’s actually in his mid 20s, Gilstrap-Portley excelled on the high school basketball court. However, his days of renewed high school stardom vanished when a former coach spotted him playing and recognized him as a player he’d had years before.
According to The Dallas Morning News, Gilstrap-Portley AKA Rashun Richardson “was a star for Hillcrest’s team for the 2017-18 season. High school coaches voted him the District 11-5A offensive player of the year.” The former coach informed Hillcrest that “one …read more