Students in the exchange program at Penn Charter are no longer allowed to attend classes and all transfers are being cancelled, students told The Daily Pennsylvanian on Friday.
“There’s multiple students who need to leave,” sophomore Olivia Smith told the paper. “We just don’t have the classes now.”
Officials are investigating a possible coronavirus case at Penn Charter, an alternative school near Philadelphia that was a focus of criticism from students last year for its heavy-handed attempts to address alleged racism. This week, the headmaster, Gregory Taylor, resigned amid similar allegations, prompting students to protest outside the school Friday.
“The school has been a hotbed for racism in the past, but now that [Taylor] has resigned, it was hard not to think that this decision was political and that the administration was trying to cover up racism. I don’t think they do that over at Pennsylvania Academy,” Jackson told reporters.
Taylor was not immediately available for comment and his lawyer did not immediately return a message seeking comment.