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Teen manages to pose as senator and gives speech at high school

By Mason White 11:14 AM February 22, 2016
Izaha Akins 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) Police launched an investigation after a teen managed to fool an entire school by posing as a senator and giving a speech, police in Ohio said.

18-year-old Izaha Akins of Marion, was arrested after being accused of telling school officials that he was appointed to replace a sick senator and came to give the scheduled speech instead of Republican Senator David Burke.

Akins was charged with impersonating a peace officer and telecommunications fraud.

Officials of the school said that they only realized that they had been fooled when Burke appeared to speak several weeks later.

Burke said that when he heard about the prank, he and school officials immediately began working with the police. Akins told investigators that he was trying make a point about school safety.

The speech was about being active in politics and political processes. A nearby car dealership even provided a free car and driver to help out the alleged senator.

School officials said that they are now taking steps to verify the identities of visitors.