25-year-old Passes as High Schooler to Relive Basketball Glory Days

Sidney Gilstrap-Portley

Sidney Gilstrap-Portley

A 25-year-old man is facing charges after posing as a 17-year-old so he could once again play on the high school's basketball team.

Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley began attending Skyline High School after claiming to be a Hurricane Harvey refugee, but moved on later to Hillcrest High School and joined the basketball team there.

DISD told WFAA that when a student enrolls and claims they are homeless or an evacuee due to a natural disaster, federal law exempts them from requiring documents they might not have.

Dallas ISD superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa told NBC DFW the district will "follow better protocols to try and prevent this from happening".

The Morning-News notes that officials "believe his primary motivation was to play basketball". He has no previous criminal history.

But after nine months in the Dallas school system, one of Gilstrap-Portley's former coaches tipped off authorities.

"You have a 25-year-old man with 14-year-old girls in a high school, that's not appropriate", Hinojosa said.

The woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said she didn't approve of her daughter's relationship with the man they both knew as the 17-year-old Rashun.

"Even after reading some of their text messages he would say, 'Like, you know, I know all these girls are saying things to you - but I'm choosing you, '" the mom said.

"We have some liberal policies for homeless students, but he knew that".

The district has notified the University Interscholastic League about Gilstrap-Portley's play on the Panthers basketball team at Hillcrest.

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

"Unfortunately this was a flawless storm", said Dr. Michael Hinojosa, DISD superintendent.

"I'm upset, frustrated, angry and sad at the same time", she said.

Gilstrap-Portley saw this as an opportunity to dust off his sneakers and hit the hardwood like it was 2011.

An attorney wasn't listed for Gilstrap-Portley in online records as of Wednesday.

"This is a unique situation that shows us areas we need to take another look at when we open our doors to students in these situations".

I don't understand the desire to go back to high school, myself.

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