450px-Henry_W_Grady_High_School_AtlantaAtlanta Public Schools has “conclusive evidence” of address fraud and recruitment of football players at Grady High School in Midtown, according to a statement from Superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr.

Here is the full text of Davis’ statement:

On December 9, we announced that Atlanta Public Schools (APS) was investigating a complaint that alleged address fraud and recruitment of football players at Grady High School. Today, we would like to provide an update. After interviewing the majority of the parents and guardians of the Grady High School Football team, APS has conclusive evidence of address fraud. Specifically, we have confirmed that parents falsified enrollment affidavits for students who live outside of the Grady attendance zone, and in some instances, outside of the city of Atlanta. The interviews also revealed additional issues that warrant further investigation.

Players who were fraudulently enrolled will be required to leave the school. Parents who falsified enrollment affidavits are subject to reimbursing the district tuition of up to $10,000 per school year, as well as other legal consequences that may be pursued.

While parents are ultimately responsible for false affidavits, there are issues of institutional control that must be addressed before we conclude this investigation. Integrity is paramount, and we want to send a message that false affidavits have academic, personnel, financial and legal consequences that are simply not worth it.

This remains an ongoing investigation that will continue after the winter break.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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