High school principal aims to stop bullying with newly created laundry room

“A New Jersey high school principal is making headlines for his unique approach to combatting bullying and absences simultaneously.

The strategy? A laundry room.

Akbar Cook, who reportedly started the job two weeks ago, said some West Side High School students in Newark were missing as many as five days a month because they were bullied for wearing dirty clothes.

The five washers and dryers were installed in an old locker room and will be open to students for free after school Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting Aug. 27, according to WABC.”

Read the article and watch the video here.

It’s unfortunate that some students would resort to bullying others because of dirty laundry. It is often taken for granted and as a right to have one’s clothes cleaned on a regular basis. Some families that are scarping by don’t have that luxury all the time.

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