Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

25-year-old man enrolled at third North Texas high school

25-year-old man enrolled at third North Texas high school

A 25-year-old man from Dallas, Texas led a double life as a teenager enrolled in high school in order to play on the basketball team.

That story says Gilstrap-Portley claimed to be a Hurricane Harvey refugee and enrolled in August at Skyline High School, using the name Rashun Richardson. He also began dating a 14-year-old classmate who thought he was 17.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Portley started at Skyline High School, then later moved to Hillcrest High School, where he joined the basketball team.

Gilstrap-Portley was able to pull off his scheme because federal law prohibits schools from requiring supporting documents when a transfer student claims he or she is homeless or an evacuee from a natural disaster.

"I knew the young man".

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"He was like, 'Oh I came from Houston from the hurricane and now we're living in some apartments with my sister and my nephew, '" Morel said.

"We have some liberal policies for homeless students, but he knew that", Hinojosa said. No, really, a grown-ass adult has been accused of posing as a 17-year-old to play basketball.

Students and basketball teammates had no idea about the allegations against Gilstrap-Portley until Tuesday, when the news broke about his arrest.

The 25-year old resurfaced October 27 when he enrolled at Hillcrest and played on the basketball team.

"Because I was the one that helped him look around during his first day", Dosso recalled.

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"He was a good player, but didn't stick out as being completely head and shoulders above everyone else", Hillcrest principal Chris Bayer said.

Gilstrap-Portley's deception was finally revealed when one of his former coaches from North Mesquite High School recognized him during a tournament in April. However, when they spoke on the phone the unidentified woman said he was always respectful and her daughter assured her there relationship wasn't sexual. Her mother told the Dallas Morning News that she is "upset, frustrated and angry at the same time".

"Unfortunately this was a ideal storm", Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said. "It could have gone differently if he had other intentions to hurt her or to traffic her".

The mother of a Hillcrest High freshman said that her daughter started dating Portley in January.

Thank you for your continued support of Hillcrest High School.

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