Without a doubt, many high school students would appreciate the opportunity to be a prom king or queen. Still, there are limits people won't cross to get this honor.
It's nice to get the title, but it's not something most folks take too seriously. Some students will even vote for their favorite superheroes as their prom kings or queens.
So, it's never that serious.
However, since wonders never cease, some people take prom and homecoming royalty a lot more seriously than everybody else and are even willing to break a few laws to prove it.
In fact, a mother and daughter might face up to 16 years behind bars for rigging homecoming queen votes.
The problem for the scheming pair began after staff at J.M. Tate High School in Cantonment, Florida, realized a noticeable irregularity in their homecoming court election.
That was back in October of 2020.
Apparently, a whopping 117 votes came from the same IP address in a very short period of time. That raised a red flag and caused the suspicion that someone was trying to sway the election.
Eventually, the vote count from the address had increased to 246.
An investigation started into the matter, and experts found the phone and the several computers involved.
The electronics belonged to a 50-year-old woman, Laura Rose Carroll. Her identity told them that they might have found the motive behind the fraudulent votes.
Carroll is an assistant principal at Bellview Elementary School in Pensacola. That position granted her access to student information throughout the district using a system known as FOCUS.
Further investigation revealed that the woman had accessed 372 high school records from August 2019.
Many of these accessed records belonged to students from Tate High School. Therefore, the authorities suspected that the illegal accesses explained the 246 compromised votes cast in favor of her daughter, Grover.
Based on the media, the discovery also questioned the fairness of Grover's coronation as homecoming queen in October. She has also been expelled from the institution over the scandal.
Carroll has also been suspended from elementary school. Unfortunately, these are the least of their problems at the moment.
Based on media reports, the pair was arrested in March of this year and booked over various offenses. The accusations included unlawful use of communication devices, the criminal use of personally identifiable information, and conspiracy to commit offenses against users of computers, computer networks, and computer systems.
Many of these are third degree felonies, except for the conspiracy charge, which is a first degree misdemeanor.
Currently, the mother and daughter are out on an $8,500 bond. If found guilty for the allegations leveled against them, they could face up to 16 years behind bars.
Unfortunately for Grover, she will be tried as an adult.