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The Knucklehead of the Day award

Today's winner is Wendy Brown. She gets the award for the following.

GREEN BAY, Wis. - A 33-year-old woman stole her daughter's identity to attend high school and join the cheerleading squad, according to a criminal complaint filed against the woman.

Wendy Brown, of Green Bay, faces a felony identity theft charge after enrolling in Ashwaubenon High School as her 15-year-old daughter, who lives in Nevada with Brown's mother.

According to the complaint, Brown wanted to get her high school degree and become a cheerleader because she didn't have a childhood and wanted to regain a part of her life that she'd missed.

Brown allegedly attended cheerleading practices before school started, received a cheerleader's locker and went to a pool party at the cheerleading coach's house.

A 33-year-old trying to pass a 15-year-old cheerleader. Just when you thought you heard everything, right? The curious may want to go to link to read more about how the mother was uncovered. In my mind the above suffices to name Wendy Brown today's Knucklehead of the Day.


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Comments (11)

I don't agree with the felo... (Below threshold)

I don't agree with the felony identity theft charges here, there wasn't any financial enrichment angle here. This is a clear case where a judge needs to have some discretion to order some psychiatric treatment for this very disturbed woman, not jail or prison time.

I hope she gets probation a... (Below threshold)

I hope she gets probation and help. This is just sad.

Honestly, I just feel sorry... (Below threshold)

Honestly, I just feel sorry for her. How depressing does your adult life have to be for you to want to do that?

Just kinda makes you sha... (Below threshold)

Just kinda makes you shake your head and sigh.

Dude, she looks like a 33 y... (Below threshold)

Dude, she looks like a 33 year old dude.

Were there any administrators at the school running this thing, or did they just turn it over to the girls?

I bet registering your kid ... (Below threshold)

I bet registering your kid in school in Green Bay will now be a nightmare. Wonder if it will ferret out other cases of fraud with real kids who should be in other districts...

33 years old and passing fo... (Below threshold)

33 years old and passing for 15? HOW?! She looks like she's in her late 30's early 40's easy. Seriously my gf is 32 and looks a LOT younger than this and even so she could barely pass for for someone in her 20's yet somehow this woman convinced folks she was 15? Are there any adults at that school? Yeesh.

From the story:"Th... (Below threshold)

From the story:

"The $134.50 check Brown gave to the cheerleading coach for her uniform bounced, the complaint said."

I was guessing it was the stretch marks showing at the pool party. Seriously ,though, the woman needs help.

Another angle to consider: ... (Below threshold)

Another angle to consider: I had a 19 year old mom living at my house last year with her toddler - she had him when she was just 17. She stopped taking care of him a week or so after moving in, and every day for me became trying to make her understand that SHE was the mother and we were trying to help her to become MORE independent. The day we finally asked her to leave our home, she screamed at me that she had lost her childhood because of having this child so young, and demanded that I give it back to her.

If this is the mindset of some people, it's not so much being mentally disturbed as feeling that the world owes you a living. And a pep rally, apparently.

Sad. The huge prob... (Below threshold)


The huge problem brought to light here (see #9) is that kids get themselves into situations like this precisely because they have not learned to take responsibility for their actions.

I've observed that those who get pregnant as teens, and/or without being married and "settled down" are usually poor parents.

Part 1. Personal responsibility and willingness to sacrifice immediate gratification in order to achieve longer-range goals is a necessary trait in parenting.

Part 2. Teens et al who tend to get pregnant do so because they focus on self and seek immediate gratification, and ignore the long-term issues.

Therefore, getting pregnant and having a baby as a teen involves a character trait which is completely opposite of that required to be a good parent.

(Even so, faking one's way into high school goes way beyond, well into another league.)

Hopefully the threat of fel... (Below threshold)

Hopefully the threat of felony charges is being used to convince the woman to agree to whatever arrangement (counseling, probation) the court and prosecutors feel is appropriate.






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