Man Tries To Enroll in High School

Wednesday, February 7th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A 26-year-old high school graduate has been charged with forging documents so he could go back to high school.

Daniel Hanson was arraigned Tuesday on charges he falsified his birth date and Social Security number in order to enroll at South Medford High School.

Officials said Hanson actually graduated with honors from Eagle Point High School in 1994. He also attended Willamette University for a year on a full scholarship, police said.

The scam was exposed when Hanson was spotted drinking beer at a pizzeria. Authorities said he also tried to enroll at Phoenix High School more than five years ago using faked records.

``It appears through the documentation that he's trying to change certain aspects about himself,'' said Medford police officer Phil Steigleder, who made the arrest last month.

Hanson's father said Tuesday that his son has had mental problems and is taking medication. ``He needs help,'' said the elder Hanson. ``He's not trying to hurt people.''