NEWARK, N.J. CIRCA)-- Students at Newark’s West Side High School in New Jersey were being bullied by having thier photos placed on social media for having dirty clothes and sneakers.
Principal Akbar Cook realized that many students would rather skip school than be bullied, so he took it upon himself to have a laundry room installed in the school so students could have a place to wash their clothes.
“They were choosing to stay home rather than coming to school to be bullied or ridiculed,” Cook told NJ.com. “We didn’t know until we started making calls.”
Cook was able to secure a $20,000 grant from New Jersey's utility provider PSE&G for five washing machines and five dryers.