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Mon Feb 22, 2016, 04:17 PM Feb 2016

Incredible Teen Tricked School Into Believing He Was a Senator

Eighteen-year-old Izaha Akins, who is now facing felony charges after Ohio school officials realized the state senator who had given a lecture to a high school class was actually just a teen. A normal, non-senator, prank-lovin’ badass teen.

Akins’s ruse, while elaborate, wasn’t sophisticated. After learning about Ohio Senator Dave Burke’s upcoming visit to the school’s American government class, Akins called the class’s teacher to explain that Burke had been forced to resign due to an illness. Akins, naturally, had been chosen as Burke’s replacement, “making him the youngest state senator ever.”

Should Akins have done this? No, probably not. But should an American government teacher have known that this teen probably wasn’t an actual state senator? Why, yes—yes he should have.

From the Huffington Post:

When the teacher, Henry Stobbs, asked why he hadn’t heard about Akins’ appointment, the teen replied that he was the second choice and that the first choice had declined the offer. He also said that Burke had yet to publicly announce his resignation but would do so in the coming weeks.

Akins’ request to move his visit from January to December was approved and the teen and people posing as his aides secured a car and driver from a local car dealership, according to reports. When he arrived at the school for his visit, he used his own ID card to sign in. He received a tour and went on to give a lecture to the students, authorities said.

Everything seemingly in perfect order, the young Senator’s visit went off without a hitch. As the school’s superintendent, Ken Ratliff, told The Toledo Blade, “The presentation was about being active in politics, political processes. Everyone thought it was legit, bought into it, including the teacher.” Until several weeks later, that is.

When Burke showed up on January 14—a month after Akins’s staged event—school officials realized that perhaps the 18-year-old child roaming their halls had not been a state senator after all...
Akins has since been arrested and is facing one count of impersonating a peace officer and one count of telecommunications fraud. Both are felonies.

Now, there are two major injustices at play here.

The first: Any teacher who would believe this kid without faltering probably isn’t the best person to be teaching our nation’s youth about government. If anything, teen senator did a public service by exposing yet another crack in the foundation of our education system.

The second: Anyone who manages to pull off a cool prank of this magnitude deserves a reward, not jail time.

Gotta say, I love a ballsy prank (particularly if it hurts no one).

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STATE senator! MisterP Feb 2016 #1
I guess causing emotional butthurt is a felony. Glassunion Feb 2016 #2
Right? giftedgirl77 Feb 2016 #4
Trump is trying the same thing, but trying ti win the presidency! imanamerican63 Feb 2016 #3
Wow, so does the kid want a real job? He already shows how to pretend at being a state politician. Rex Feb 2016 #5
Maybe he will be one someday! KamaAina Feb 2016 #6
Beuller's Day Off .... dmr Feb 2016 #7
Yes JonathanRackham Feb 2016 #9
OMG that took balls and a large dose of Dr. Smooth Botany Feb 2016 #8
Similar to a Yes Men stunt. PADemD Feb 2016 #10
The school then promptly sent Marco Rubio home. nt Tommy_Carcetti Feb 2016 #11


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5. Wow, so does the kid want a real job? He already shows how to pretend at being a state politician.
Mon Feb 22, 2016, 04:29 PM
Feb 2016

There really is no next step. I am surprised he did not get caught. Even with the production play.

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