Kanye West’s Donda Academy has come under scrutiny by a former teacher, who issued a dire warning to parents saying that Ye’s school could prevent their kids from transferring elsewhere.
The comments were made by Cecilia Hailey, who is one of two women suing Ye for wrongful termination over claims she was let go after raising concerns about the school.
In an interview with TMZ, Hailey stressed that things are far worse than parents realize and that Donda Academy’s student body is severely behind in their education.
“Ye West, I am so thankful for the opportunity to be at your school, but things are not going the way they should, academically, socially or spiritually,” she said. “And you need to back down and try again with people who know what they’re doing, who can execute a vision, who can help you understand that we don’t know anything about producing albums, but we know how to educate.”
She continued: “These children’s lives are in your hands and this vision, especially if you’re trying to carry out the vision of your mother, is just not working right now.”
Hailey added that the children aren’t graded on their academia and as a result, this could make it impossible for parents to transfer their kids to other schools since there is no way to gauge their performance.
As reported last week, the lawsuit against Donda Academy alleges that Hailey and another woman were fired from the school because they reported education, safety, and health code violations to the authorities, and that students were only fed sushi.
“The women say the only lunch option available for students is sushi, every single day, and students are not allowed to bring any outside food or drink, except for water,” TMZ reported.
Other reported violations included Kanye West’s alleged refusal to allow classes to take place on the second floor “because he’s afraid of stairs” and that no one was allowed to wear jewelry simply because the Donda hitmaker didn’t like it.
It also alleges that both children and teachers were not allowed to sit in chairs, thus forcing them to either use foam cushions, stools or simply stand throughout class. Students were also allegedly forced to wear black from head to toe, with Nike and adidas shoes strictly forbidden.
The suit additionally claims that students were physically locked outside during the school day and weren’t allowed to go outside until it was time to return home.
To make matters worse, the two women are also claiming they were shorted up to $2,700 per check, per pay period.
This is just the latest legal woe to befall Kanye West. On March 31, he was hit with a $275,000 breach of contract lawsuit by former Yeezy staff member Dora Szilagyi, who claims she was hired to be the Director of Product Innovation for the Yeezy brand in June 2021.
However, Szilagyi alleges West wanted her to quit her job at adidas and work for him full-time, and that she was promised a severance payment of $275,000 if she was fired without cause after September 2021. When she was let go in mid-December 2021, Szilagyi said she never received the aforementioned payment.
“Dora says she doesn’t believe Kanye or his company ever intended to follow through on the severance package and only dangled it to lure her from adidas,” TMZ reported at the time.