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May 7, 2010

Accused 21 Year Old Attended Middleton and Madison West High Schools

Gayle Worland & Gena Kittner:

Ivan Mateo-Lozenzo, the man Madison police say shot and killed a gang rival last week, is known to local authorities as a 21-year-old illegal immigrant from Veracruz, Mexico, who worked as an area roofer in 2008.

Middleton High School officials thought he was an 18-year-old junior named Arain Gutierrez who had previously attended West High School in Madison.

So how did the man police still have not captured enroll in area schools?


Criteria for enrollment

The Madison School District requires the parents or guardians of a student present a utility bill, a mortgage document or a lease with their address to enroll their child in school. Under district policy, school officials are directed to "verify age and name" of a student using a birth certificate or "other documentation provided by parent."

The policy states that if a student's previous school was in a foreign country, school officials should ask to see a visa. If the student doesn't have a visa, the student is still enrolled and given an "undocumented visa notice."

Middleton-Cross Plains also requires a parent or guardian to show residency through a utility bill, lease or mortgage document, said district spokeswoman Michelle Larson. The district requires proof of age and identification through a birth certificate or passport when a student enrolls in kindergarten, but does not require it for later grades, she said.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at May 7, 2010 8:56 PM
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