Alecia Pennington looks like a real girl in every way possible. She is a living, breathing 19-year-old from Texas. She smiles, talks, and has aspirations for her future. There”s only one thing holding her back: she”s not real.
Not technically, anyway. According to the U.S. Government, Alicia was never born, has never existed, and may never legally be considered a citizen of the country she was born in. That”s why she took to the Internet in hopes that somebody will be her blue fairy and help her become a real person.
Alecia”s parents never filed for a birth certificate after her home birth. Therefore, she has never received a social security number.
Her parents, leaders of the Texas Home School Coalition, had her homeschooled, so she technically has no school record. No hospitals have her on file, as her parents forbade her to be treated outside the house.
Due to this, Alecia can”t prove her existence to the government. “I am now 19 years old and unable to get a driver”s license, get a job, go to college, get on a plane, get a bank account, vote,” she explains.
Alecia took to the Internet this month, releasing this emotional video begging for help and for guidance. She also wants to reach out to other people who suffer the same kind of “identification abuse” from their parents.
Alecia”s video went viral, calling much needed attention to this issue in the homeschooling community. Apparently, at least 135 other people in this country have experienced something similar to Alecia, and more seem to reach out every day.
If think you can help Alecia, or know someone dealing with similar problems of identity, she urges you to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also continue to follow her story on Facebook.