Original post made
by Parent, Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on May 25, 2007
The recent news about a teen pretending to be a Stanford student, going to classes, etc. speaks volumes about the pressures we are putting our teens under. This girl is no criminal, she is just trying in whatever way she can, to please her parents and feel that she is a success in a very competitive arena. My heart goes out to her. I expect she feels bad now, but possibly relieved that the truth is out. The way she lived over the past 8 months shows that she felt there was no other way for her to win the approval of a society that appears to demand no second best.
This girl does not deserve to be punished, rather to be helped. She could easily be the product of Palo Alto. She could easily be one of the many very good students in either Gunn or Paly who feel that they have failed in life by not getting into a top ten university.
Let this be a lesson to all parents in Palo Alto.