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Ye’s Donda Academy sued in a lawsuit

Ye’s Donda Academy sued in a lawsuit
  • Kanye West’s Donda Academy is being sued by former teachers for racial discrimination and wrongful termination
  • A surprising lawsuit obtained by DailyMail.com raises several outlandish and troubling allegations against the school’s secretive practices
  • Allegedly, the students ate one meal a day of sushi while classes were banned on the second floor because West was “afraid of stairs.”

Kanye West’s Donda Academy has been sued by former teachers in a wrongful termination case, with teachers making a series of disturbing allegations about what really happened at the school.

Court documents obtained by DailyMail.com detail allegations made by Cecilia Haley and her daughter, Chikari Byers, who claim they watched children at the secret academy eat just one serving of sushi a day while sitting on the floor.

They claim they were discriminated against based on their race, illegally paid, and terminated from school in retaliation for reporting violations of the law.

Among the outlandish and disturbing allegations made against the school were that all colours, including artwork, were banned from inside classrooms, everyone was forced to dress all in black from head to toe and classes were banned from the second floor because West was ‘afraid of the stairs ”. “.

The $15,000-a-year academy, which Byers described as “like a mental hospital run by patients,” was opened by West, California, in 2021. He now faces more than $1 million in damages along with the school and three of the directors.

Kanye West is facing a series of dirty allegations regarding the practices within his school at Donda Academy
The rapper allegedly subjected students at the school to strange rules, including that they couldn’t have lessons on the second floor because he was “afraid of stairs.”

Shortly after securing a job as a fifth-grade teacher in January 2023, Byers claims she began to notice several disturbing rules and practices within the school, including rampant bullying and the absence of any security measures at the high-profile academy.

After raising concerns about repeated health and safety violations and illegal education practices with principal Moira Love, the suit states that “no action” was taken to address the issues.

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In addition to claiming that the students were fed only one meal a day of sushi, they were also forbidden to bring any outside food or drink other than water onto campus.

“It was widely known that West spent $10,000 a week on sushi,” the suit says.

Students were allegedly forbidden to use “crossword puzzles” or “coloring sheets”, while West did not allow schoolchildren to go outdoors during the day, even for lunch or a break.

The rapper also blocked all classes on the second floor of the academy because he “was said to be afraid of stairs,” according to the lawsuit.

According to earlier reports, parents at the school were required to sign non-disclosure agreements to enroll their children in the academy.

In October, parents at the school after hearing that Donda Academy will be closing amid the collapse of the Empire of the West in the wake of a series of anti-Semitic outbursts, are so revolted that it remains open.

Although it was previously believed that the exclusive Christian school would close its doors, it was revealed last year that the secret academy had actually moved locations to Simi Valley.

West’s Donda Academy students wear Balenciaga uniforms designed by West himself. The lawsuit alleges that they were forced to wear exclusively black clothing
The school reportedly enrolled about 100 students and 16 teachers, and a number of the students were children of celebrities

The couple claimed that West “did not want the children to use forks or utensils” and requested that the cups and bowls be only grey.

The Yeezy fashion mogul also allegedly ‘doesn’t like jewelry’, leading him to ban teachers and kids from wearing any, while chairs were also banned from the academy because he forced kids to either sit on foam cushions or stand.

Former teachers claim that a series of health and safety laws were repeatedly broken at the school, which included locking the academy doors from the outside, which could present a fire hazard.

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Byers and Healy, who said they were the only black teachers at the school, are seeking false severance pay after they allegedly faced racial discrimination.

This included exposure to “stereotypes of African American women as confrontational” after concerns were raised about the school’s practices.

When Healy threatened to take her complaints directly to West, she was “threatened not to communicate with him,” according to the lawsuit.

We stand because it’s the right thing to do. This is not about trying to discredit a celebrity. ‘This is about the right thing to do for these kids,’ Healy said.

The two women claim they were kicked out on March 3, 2023, in the academy parking lot for “no reason.” Dailymail.com has been told that the plaintiffs are now seeking damages of more than $1 million.

West is being sued for over $1 million in the lawsuit. Pictured: Kanye West is seen leaving VOGUE World: New York in September 2022
Among the allegations leveled against the rapper’s school was that he banned students from going outside, even during recess. Pictured: Ariel’s photographs and general views show the site of Simi Valley where West Donda Academy once stood

The lawsuit goes on to claim that teachers were not trained in basic life support, no nursing staff was employed on campus, and while a lack of security resulted in students being allowed to be picked up by strangers from campus without any check-in procedures.

Rampant bullying and assault occur so frequently at school, according to the lawsuit, because there are no disciplinary procedures to address them.

In addition, the lawsuit bizarrely alleges that there was no cleaning staff at the academy, because West “did not believe in cleaning products that contained chemicals, so teachers were only allowed to clean with acidic water and microfiber cloths.”

The rapper allegedly banned the wearing of Nike and Adidas on campus, as he is said to have insisted that everyone wear only his designer clothes in black “from head to toe.”

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The couple’s attorney, Ron Zambrano, said, “It’s clear that Kanye West is as bad at running a school as he is at managing his personal and professional life, allowing for an unsafe and illegal school environment for students who also discriminate against plaintiffs on the basis of their race.” .

These egregious violations at Donda Academy are just another example of West’s unusual behavior, and our clients will not stand up for him, no matter his celebrity status.

“Kanye needs to realize that his genius lies in making music, not in running a school.”

West allegedly banned all color within the classrooms, including artwork, along with banning chairs and jewelry. Pictured: Kanye West on October 21, 2022 in Los Angeles, California

Speaking about the lawsuit, Byers said, “I’m so sad about all of this. It’s been a huge honor and privilege to work at Kanye West’s Donda Academy.”

I’m a huge fan of Kanye. His first album was the first I ever bought. I still enjoy his music, and I would never deny his talent, but while his vision of the school looks great on paper, it’s just chaotic and rebellious.

“It’s like a mental hospital run by patients.”

The scandal-hit rapper has had several issues with his private Christian school since he opened the institution in 2021.

After the rapper’s anti-Semitic actions made headlines and led to the collapse of his music, fashion, and real estate empires, the Jewish staff at Donda Academy quit in droves.

Poet Malik Yusuf, who previously identified himself as a “principal” at the school, told the New York Post in November how “staff of the Jewish faith” have been “lost” in the weeks since the artist has flown in numerous discriminatory statements.