Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls has been struck by another scandal, after four students were expelled and three others suspended, for alleged sexual misconduct. Learn more about the story, plus see pictures and video here.
Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls is in disarray after seven students were suspended for “inappropriate behaviors,” that allegedly may of included sexual misconduct.
This is the second scandal the school has been hit with over the last two years. The first was after a 27-year-old dorm matron for the school was arrested, and fired from her job after allegedly assaulting and abusing six students.
Reports indicate that four students were expelled, and three others suspended for alleged sexual misconduct.
Lisa Halliday the Academies spokeswoman commented on the situation saying:
“Several students were expelled last week for violating the Leadership Academy’s code of conduct. We consider this to be a confidential school matter; therefore, we will not confirm any personal information or disclose any details related to these expulsions.”
Oprah Winfrey told E! News:
“Indiscretions resulting in disciplinary action are common in schools all over the world. Unfortunately, because of my name these common infractions place the Academy in the media spotlight. As each of the girls enrolled, she agreed to adhere to the school’s Honor Code and code of conduct policy, which values personal integrity and ensures an environment of shared trust and community.”
Then she elaborated on her previous statement saying:
“It’s disheartening when any student has to be suspended or expelled and it’s a process that involves serious review and consideration. We will not tolerate a violation of school policy and dishonesty. We insist on maintaining a campus environment that commands mutual respect, fosters academic excellence and encourages learners to fulfill their best potential.”
The charitable talk-show host has donated over $40 million to The Leadership Academy, since the school opened in January, 2007.
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