Woman in Her 30s Probably Didn't Need a High School Diploma This Badly

The term "black don't crack" means that older African-Americans age well. The term has never been more exemplified than in the case this week of a 34-year-old woman who allegedly attended high school pretending to be 16, for months.

Longview police said they were still working on the investigation as of Thursday afternoon, and Charity Anne Johnson a.k.a., Charite Stevens, sits in jail on $500 bail.

Here's what police reported:

On May 12, 2014 at approximately 11:27p.m. Officers responded to civil problem at an apartment complex in the 400 block of S. High St. The reporting party advised that she had allowed a female to stay in her home. The reporting party originally thought the girl was a teenager now she has reason to believe the girl was lying about her age and wanted our assistance in making her leave. Officers arrived on scene and the suspect told Officers that her name was Charite Stevens and that her birth date was 11/24/97. During the course of the investigation the Officer learned that her actual name is Charity Johnson with a birth date of 11/20/79. She was arrested for Fail to Identify and transported to the Gregg County Jail. At this time the investigation is continuing.

Johnson was enrolled in a private Long View school, New Life Christian School, according to the News-Journal. "She was one of the more serious students," principal Stewart Newlin told the paper. "Always taking notes. There was nothing about her that would make you wonder. Everyone who associated with her accepted that she was 16 years old."

Newlin hadn't checked the woman's birth certificate when she enrolled, as a sophomore, calling it a mistake. He said he had an ID card that said she was born in 1979, although jail records give her a 1982 year of birth.

According to a television report, Tamica Lincoln was the woman who alerted police. She had allowed Johnson to live with her after hearing her story about coming from a broken home.

So much for actual charity.

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