July 9, 2016 11:00 pm -

She wanted to recapture her high school years to gain what she never had.


The Atlantic sat down with a woman who, at the age of 33, stole her daughter’s identity in order to live out her fantasy of being a high-school cheerleader. Wendy Brown’s story made headlines back in 2008; now she explains what she was thinking when she walked into Ashwaubenon High School in Green Bay, Wisc., and declared herself a new student from Nevada. During her actual high school career, Brown was jealous of the cheerleaders, including her younger sister. “It just seemed that they had a great life,” she tells the Atlantic, which notes it’s “disquieting” the way Brown speaks like a teen. Brown’s life, on the other hand, was turned upside down when she got pregnant and dropped out of high school. She had an abusive relationship with her mother and another with the man she married.

Brown wanted a high school redo to “fulfill a dream that was crushed many years ago,” the Atlantic reports.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.