Donda Academy Had Empty Windows Because Kanye West 'Didn't Like Glass,' Lawsuit Alleges

It's the second lawsuit filed by a former Donda Academy employee in three months.

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A former teacher at Donda Academy filed a lawsuit Thursday against the artist formerly known as Kanye West, claiming he was fired after complaining about the school's poor conditions.

Isaiah Meadows alleges students of Donda Academy, as well as Yeezy Christian Academy where he served as an assistant principal, were "exposed to the elements" due to a lack of a covering on the windows and skylight because Ye "did not like glass," as reported by Billboard.

"In the middle of the main classroom, a skylight was left without glass inevitably allowing rain to fall directly inside, where water would soak into the floor, which would lead to a moldy smell for the next few days," the suit reads. "The skylight was intentionally without glass because WEST expressed that he did not like glass."

Meadows also claims the school had "serious wiring issues" that came to a head when an electrical fire started "near the student eating area where wire was laid atop the ground, exposed." There was an alleged problem with the septic tank which would "overflow every other day, causing a terrible smell."

Donda Academy closed in October 2022 after several staff members left due to West's controversial string of public appearances where he made anti-Semitic remarks, wore a "White Lives Matter" shirt at his YZY SZN 9 presentation, and questioned whether George Floyd was killed by former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin.

This lawsuit comes three months after two former Donda Academy employees, Cecilia Hailey and Chekarey Byers, sued Ye for alleged retaliation after reporting "unlawful and unsafe practices" in the school. The suit alleges they were subjected to inconsistent pay, a claim also made by Meadows.

The teachers claimed students could only wear black and eat sushi. They were allegedly not allowed to go outside during school hours and were prohibited from holding classes on the second floor because Ye was "reportedly afraid of stairs."

A third teacher, Timanii Meeks, joined Hailey and Byers' lawsuit, alleging there were "significant issues with bullying and assault" on school premises. Meeks mentioned that parents complained to her about the lack of books and textbooks in the classroom. She was allegedly "reprimanded" and fired after bringing up those complaints.

Ron Zambrano, who is representing Hailey, Byers, Meeks, and Meadows in the two lawsuits, released a statement declaring West will be held accountable for the school's "absolutely egregious" conditions.

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