Preparatory School With "100% Ivy League Acceptance Rate" Profited From Diversity And Abuse
The push for diversity resulted in one school making a name for itself by presenting the perfect scenarios of underprivileged kids getting accepted by Ivy league universities. Louisiana’s T.M. Landry College Preparatory School made runs in the media partially due to their viral videos of students receiving acceptance letters from Ivy League universities eager to accept them for the color of their skin.
The list of colleges that welcomed students from the Preparatory School included Harvard, Stanford, Wesleyan and it was an achievement worth touting in media appearances including the Today show. It now seems that the schools "100-percent college acceptance rate" was based on lies and abuse.
The New York Times claims the whole school was a sham and it reality it is nothing more than a fraud. The report claims Landry is caught in a web of financial and legal problems and its owners are being inundated with inflammatory allegations of longstanding verbal and even physical abuse.
According to the Times report, "The school falsified transcripts, made up student accomplishments and mined the worst stereotypes of black America to manufacture up-from-hardship tales that it sold to Ivy League schools hungry for diversity.."
The report goes on to investigate Landry's co-founder, Michael Landry.
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"In 2013, [co-founder Michael] Landry was sentenced to probation and attended an anger management program after pleading guilty to a count of battery. Despite the documentation, he insisted that he did not plead guilty or serve probation. Mr. Landry said that the victim was a student whose mother asked him to hit her child, and he said he had eased up on physical punishments.
"I don’t do that anymore," he said….
[Student] Tyler Sassau…said he can still feel the humiliation and smell the stench on his clothes from kneeling last year on a bathroom floor for nearly two hours.
“I wasn’t going to get up without asking him because if I did, I could’ve got something worse,” he said. “I could barely stand when I got up."
…More than a dozen students and staff members told The Times of pupils being humiliated in front of their peers and of racial groups being pitted against one another. Academically weak students were demeaned, and headstrong students were made to kneel.
More than a half-dozen students interviewed said they had witnessed Mr. Landry choking their schoolmates, and three students observed him slam others on desks. Another three students said they saw Mr. Landry place a child with autism in a closet.
After videos of jubilant students jumping for joy as they read acceptance letters went viral, the flood of donations came pouring in. To this day, the majority of those donations remain unaccounted for and no one knows where it went. When following up with those who attended Landry, many of the kids have had mixed levels of success.
Anyone with a couple brain cells knows there is no such thing as a perfect acceptance rate and people should have realized what was really going on much sooner. The report cites one guardian who said, "Dodie Thomas, a T.M. Landry grandmother, said she discovered that her 6-year-old granddaughter had never learned phonics and that she could not read. She played with Legos most of the day. I feel like I’ve paid for a high-priced babysitter."
Here are a few of the school's viral videos and more information about the school and its founders.