What many would call a senior prank, others are calling a crime. This past
week a student from the Cincinnati Public School District posted a fake
letter to Facebook stating all students were required to undergo “mandatory
penis and vaginal inspections.” This letter was written on what
appeared to be Cincinnati Public School letterhead.
While to some this may seem like a prank, albeit a tasteless prank, others
are reacting a bit more harshly. The use of the CPS letterhead technically
constitutes forgery, a felony of the fifth degree. It is unclear who is
responsible for this “prank”, but the school district has
stated that those involved will be disciplined.
Distinguishing this prank from an actual crime does not warrant a thorough
investigation however. It is clear from the language that the authors
were never intending to actually deceive the student population into submitting
to this examination. A claim this outrageous surely could never have been
intended to convince someone to actually go and submit.
That being said, there will certainly be those who think that using the
CPS letterhead is enough to warrant prosecution. While this prank may
have been a victimless crime, society today does not take certain actions
lightly. In a world where the focus always seems to be motivated by being
“politically correct,” these students chose to be original,
and for that should be commended; especially considering that this was
just a way for the senior class to get one last laugh.
Regardless of the outcome of the case, it is important to always keep in
mind your actions, regardless of the intent, because it may be enough
to put your life in jeopardy. Erring on the side of caution is always
the best option and choosing an attorney that understands the clients’
position is the cornerstone of sound representation.
The attorney’s at Bleile & Dawson are extremely knowledgeable
in criminal law, especially when it comes to defending our clients against
wrongful accusations, whether in the State of Ohio or the Commonwealth
of Kentucky. If you feel that you have wrongly been accused of a crime
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