District accuses parent of forging signature

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Buffalo School District is attempting to turn the tables on a parent who says her signature was forged on key district documents. The lawyer for the district says Timekia Jones faked her own forgery. Timekia Jones says, this is “ridiculous.” This case could go to the U.S. Attorney’s Office because it deals with federal Title 1 money for Buffalo Schools.

In October, Harvey Austin School Parent Timekia Jones said, “When I looked at the signature, I said, oh now, that’s not mine.”

Jones, a teacher’s aide and a leader among parents at the Harvey Austin School, had charged that her signature had been forged and that the schools’ principal, Brigette Gillespie told her she would take full responsibility.

The documents, intended to show parents involvement, were necessary to secure federal funding.

The district’s General Counsel Rashandra Martin says, “Our (handwriting) expert concluded that the documents were authored by Ms. Jones.”

The leader of the parent’s council in the district says that’s absurd.

The District Parent Coordinating Council President Sam Radford said, “There’s no basis for or motive for Timekia to disguise her writing.”

“Disguised writing,” says the district, “is a deliberate attempt to alter one’s handwriting to prevent recognition.”

The parent’s group says it is now charging the district with obstruction of justice and wants the U.S. Attorney’s office to investigate.

Radford said, “In this particular case the administration is circling the wagons to protect the principal because she’s close to retirement, and they don’t want to see her retirement jeopardized because of this.”

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