In a beautiful silver dress, the homecoming queen at J.M. Tate High School in Cantonment, Fla., stood on the football field in late October to accept her crown.
The students, had already begun spreading whispers about her victory. The homecoming queen had bragged for years about abusing the access her mother had to student records as an assistant principal Now, witnesses said, she was boasting about using the same access to cast hundreds of ballots in her own election.
On Monday, the 17-year-old senior and her mother, Laura Rose Carroll, 50, were arrested and charged with fraudulently accessing confidential student information.
Election Runner had contacted the school to warn that dozens of votes had been flagged as fraudulent. 117 votes originated from the same Internet Protocol (IP) address
"The investigation also found that beginning August 2019, Carroll's FOCUS account accessed 372 high school records and 339 of those were of Tate High School students," FDLE said in a news release.
Carroll's daughter was expelled from Tate High School, according to arrest documents. She was taken to Escambia Regional Juvenile Detention Center on Monday.
Carroll was suspended from her job, the Pensacola News Journal reported. She was booked at Escambia County Jail.
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