The Reality of the Viral Video of Minority Students Getting into Elite CollegesOn December 6, 2018 by Carley Grace
I’ll include a link at the end of the post for those who have not seen the video, but right around the time I was receiving my college acceptance letters, the students at T.M. Landry were going viral. The boasted only year-round school in Louisiana released a video of the entire senior class opening their acceptance letters while their fellow classmates exploded into a congratulatory din behind them. What made the story even more exciting was that all of these students were African American. There were students going to Harvard, Yale, Brown, Stanford, and Dartmouth, just to name a few. It was truly an amazing story that touched many people around the nation, but it turns out it wasn’t as touching as many people would have liked to believe.
It has recently come out that the faculty at T.M. Landry have been tampering with transcripts and creating imaginary dramas in order to give its students a boost, and these Ivy League schools were looking for a way to diversify, so they were more than willing to accept them. Along with the information about exaggerated school reports, it was also revealed that the students at T.M. Landry are being verbally and physically abused. The students are being forced kneel on bathroom floors for extended periods of time, they are being hit, they are being forced to kneel on rice, rocks, and hot pavement, black students and white students are being pitted against one another. These are just a few examples of the atrocities committed by the founder of this school.
T.M. Landry boasts a high ACT average, 100% graduation, and 100% college acceptance despite not being state accredited or approved. This means a degree from the school is essentially worthless because the state will not recognize the diploma. The students are underperforming. Many of the students who were accepted into Ivy League colleges had to drop out because they were not prepared for learning at a college level. Most of their younger students are multiple grade levels behind where they need to be in reading and writing. One junior attending the school only reads at a fourth-grade level. The way T.M. Landry’s school is structured makes classes optional and when they do attend class they are self-taught or peer-taught with a teacher in the room if they ask for help. The older high school kids curriculum is strictly ACT prep.
This is a school designed to fail. It fails a group of students already at a disadvantage. The school is largely African American, a group of people who face enough discrimination on a daily basis. It teaches a system designed around the ACT, so if it is not on the ACT, the students do not learn it. It just goes to show that what gets seen is not always the truth.