The woman arrested last week after school officials discovered that she had filed false documents to enroll as a student at New Brunswick High School was identified Wednesday a 29-year-old city resident, authorities said.
Hyejeong Shin was charged on Jan. 24 with providing a false government document with the intent to verify one’s identity or age; a third-degree crime, according to a statement from the New Brunswick Police Department.
New Brunswick Public School District Superintendent Aubrey Johnson spoke about the situation Tuesday night during a board of education meeting.
“She was here for four days before being found out and barred from entering district property,” Johnson said in a video posted to social media by a local news outlet, New Brunswick Today. “All appropriate authorities were immediately notified and the individual in question was arrested for providing false documentation.”
Shin allegedly provided a false birth certificate to the New Brunswick Board of Education with the intent to enroll as a juvenile high-school student, police said.
Schools are required to immediately enroll unaccompanied children, even in the absence of records normally required for enrollment, the department said. Proof of guardianship is not necessary to immediately enroll an unaccompanied child or youth.
Investigators said that although a district may request documents such as a birth certificate to verify a child’s age, it may not prevent or discourage a child, including an unaccompanied child, from enrolling in or attending school because he or she lacks a birth certificate or has records that indicate a foreign place of birth, such as a foreign birth certificate.
The superintendent said the district would be reviewing its enrollment process to avoid anything like this from happening again.
The woman did attend a few classes while enrolled. Students that came in contact with her were asked not to engage with her again “either remotely or in person,” Johnson said. Parents of students the woman came in contact with, as well as all other parents of children in the district, were notified Tuesday.
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