Remember the days when student fundraisers entailed selling cookies or washing a few cars? Well, it appears that kids at St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church Private School in Oakland ( map ) are going...
Remember the days when student fundraisers entailed selling cookies or washing a few cars? Well, it appears that kids at St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church Private School in Oakland (map) are going above and beyond the call of duty to raise money. According to a report by Anna Werner of CBS5, school principal Pastor Robert Lacy and other men have been dropping off students in downtown San Francisco. There, the kids have been standing on sidewalks with their trays of snacks and asking for donations from passersby.
The students claim they did this five days a week, after or during school, and that they worked well into the evening or even late at night. And sometimes they were alone. The May 20 video above shows a 10-year-old boy by himself at 8:20 p.m.
One boy said he raises "at least $100 to $175 every day." The donations would fund construction of a new building, said one kid. Werner reports there were no building permits issued for the church's property. Another kid said they were raising money for a trip to DC -- a journey that apparently never happened.
In Monday's follow-up report (below), student Aaliyah Carney told CBS5:
"We would be out there like at 11a.m. And people would be like, why aren't you guys in school That really made me mad because I was like OK, I enrolled in here to get an education, not to panhandle. So why am I out here at 11 a.m."
Aaliyah's mother Deborah said she told Pastor Lacy that Aaliyah developed a medical condition that prevented her from standing for long periods of time. But Lacy said fundraising was "mandatory" and part of a "communications class" and that Aaliyah would flunk if she didn't do it, claims Carney. To get around the health issue, Aaliyah was given a chair:
"They would bring the chair out and I would be on the corner with my bucket and my sign, saying do you want to give donations to my school."
Carney eventually pulled her daughter out of the school. Marilyn Lawson did the same after Pastor Lacy reportedly told her that her 5-year-old granddaughter would have to join their cash-collecting crew when she entered the first grade.
Pastor Lacy denied allegations of kids putting in long hours. "Not true not true," he said. Lacy's son, Robert Lacy Jr., blasted the investigation during a call to a nationally-syndicated program, saying "It's a totally incomplete report."
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