Kanye West’s School Has Been Sued By A Third Teacher Who Alleges Wrongful Termination After She Brought Up How The Students Had No Books
A third teacher has come forward and joined in suing the Donda Academy, Kanye West‘s unaccredited private Christian school. Previously, two other teachers, Cecilia Hailey and Chekarey Byers, sued the school, claiming they were fired for complaining about some pretty insanely dreadful conditions, like the lack of chairs in classrooms, rigorous dress codes, a sushi-only diet, and no janitorial services. And that’s just the start. A third teacher, Timanii Meeks, co-signs the safety violations alleged by Cecilia and Chekarey and adds that parents complained to her there were no books in the classroom. Well, Kanye has probably only read The Bible and Mein Kampf, and it’s a Christian school, so Kanye knows the students already have The Bible–so, I think they lucked out, actually.
The Donda Academy in Simi Valley, California, teaches grades kindergarten through 12th grade and reportedly has a yearly tuition fee of $15,000. The original filing of this lawsuit alleged that the school “violated education, health, and safety codes, terminated educators based on race and retaliation, and failed to fully pay teachers.” NBC News says a new amendment to the lawsuit was filed yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court. In it, Timanii Meeks says she began working at the school last August as a “long-term substitute teacher,” and shit was bad from the jump-off:
When Meeks alerted administrators to exposed electrical wiring, loose baseboards and other safety hazards–as well as “significant issues” with bullying and assaults on campus–they told her they were “working on the kinks” and described the school as a “work in progress.”
In October, a few parents who sat in on Meeks’ class complained that there were no books, textbooks “or any sort of educational items that would typically be found in a classroom,” the lawsuit says.
The students were eventually given workbooks and printouts of online worksheets, the suit says, but in response to the complaints the school’s former principal reprimanded Meeks.
On Oct. 12, the staffing agency that placed Meeks at Donda said the school had instructed her to no longer teach there–even though she was supposed to continue working until at least the end of the year, the lawsuit says.
No reason was given for the termination, according to the complaint, and Meeks remains employed with the staffing agency.
So she’s alleging she was wrongfully terminated for telling them to give the kids some books. What is this, Florida? All three of the teachers in the lawsuit are being represented by the same employment law firm, and their lawyer, Ron Zambrano, gave a statement roasting Kanye’s school:
“Clearly, Ye has a big problem on his hands with this school, and the addition of Ms. Meeks to the complaint only serves to reinforce the nightmarish conditions for staff and students at Donda Academy… Ms. Meeks was fired months before Cecilia Hailey and Chekarey Byers were terminated but all three clearly witnessed the same illegal and disturbing code violations and conduct at the school, and all three were given the same retaliatory and unlawful treatment merely for trying to stand up for the students’ rights to a meaningful education.”
I feel like every child at this “academy” would be better off if their parents pulled them out and just got them some kind of subscription to MasterClass. At least–when it comes to a book-free education–then they’d learn all kinds of things from hair styling to astrophysics!
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