(TOLEDO BLADE) – An 18-year-old who duped Mohawk Local Schools officials, the Wyandot County sheriff, and a car dealership's general manager into thinking he was a newly appointed state senator said he did it to prove a point about school security.
"These country schools think it can't happen to them," said Izaha Akins of Marion. He said he planned to write a paper about it.
Mr. Akins rendered Wyandot County red-faced after he was allowed to speak to a high school American Government class while using his own name and claiming to have been appointed to replace state Sen. David Burke (R., Marysville), who, he told officials, had resigned because of illness.
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Authorities said Mr. Akins got a tour of the school and addressed the class at Mohawk High School in Sycamore on Dec. 15.
Mohawk Schools Superintendent Ken Ratliff said the young man fooled the teacher, the principal, and apparently everyone else he came in contact with that day.
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The fraud only came to light when Senator Burke showed up as scheduled Jan. 14, Mr. Ratliff said. He said they kept the investigation quiet.