Private LA School Forced To Close By Homeless Invasion

A Los Angeles private school targeting Black and Latino young people is now closed over safety concerns involving the region’s exploding homeless crisis. A lawsuit has been filed against the city alleging officials breached the contract with the building where the institution was located. 

Dana Hammond, founder of Academy of Media Arts, told “Fox & Friends” Tuesday that his hands were tied. Students were continually exposed to rampant drug use, human excrement, nudity and intrusions from the homeless population. 

The building the school occupied, according to Hammond, held “over 400 of some of the highest-needs individuals, homeless individuals that [are] suffering from drug illness and drug addiction.

He recounted that his own mother suffered from drug use and illness. This motivated him to prepare students for the future of their work.

Instead, Hammond charged that “it’s just been intruders after intruders, indecent exposure.” He said students have the view of individuals nude from behind and taking drugs, along with smoking marijuana in front of the school.

The decision to shutter the educational facility came last month. It was located in the L.A. Grand Hotel, which has also been utilized in recent years by the city for temporary housing for its burgeoning homeless population.

The school occupied the first three floors of the building, with other areas run by the Inside Safe homeless shelter.

The discovery of drugs, crack pipes and human waste brough Hammond to the tough decision to close the school’s doors.

This left the 50 mostly low-income students scrambling to seek educational alternatives elsewhere. The student body ranged from ninth to twelfth graders.

The once-promising institution initially taught 250 pupils. But that number plummeted as safety issues surrounding the homeless population increased, and Hammond was unable to continue to pay the $100,000 per month rent with only 50 students.

He told the LA Times that his students’ safety was jeopardized by the drug use, intrusions and vandalism. “We are not enemies of the homeless shelter, we just can’t put them in the s

Hammond’s lawsuit claims city leaders told him that the homeless facility would be relocated, but that never happened. 

 

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  • M
    February 16, 2024
    Mark

    It’s a shame for the private school to have to close because of the uncontrolled homeless population. It’s a failure to enforce the law. Such is the state of L.A. and the rest of California- lawless.

  • pr
    February 20, 2024
    puravive reviews

    Its like you read my mind You appear to know a lot about this like you wrote the book in it or something I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit but instead of that this is fantastic blog An excellent read I will certainly be back

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