Wasn’t there an episode of Buffy something like this?
Wendy Brown, a 33-year-old Wisconsin woman, stole her daughter’s ID, enrolled in high school, and joined the cheerleading squad. Her daughter, meanwhile, lived with her grandmother in another state. Apparently the ruse worked up to a point. Although Brown only made it to the first day of classes, she did attend a number of cheerleading activities. The cat left the proverbial bag when a cheque for the uniform bounced.
The motivation for all this was, apparently, that 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.” She apparently had a history of identity theft.
Perhaps I’m biased because I never wanted to be a cheerleader, but that’s just weird. And sad.
This event does speak to a weird cultural phenomenon—the myth that high school is a peak experience of some kind. Of what? It had a few peaks, but it had its share of valleys, too, just like everything else.
Certainly not worth going to to jail over, not even for the pompoms.