Mom pulls son from school after Project Baltimore report
BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- A mother says she has pulled her son out of school, just one day after seeing a recent Project Baltimore report.
That Baltimore City school, NACA II, is now facing an internal investigation for allegations of grade changing and poor conditions reported by Fox45.
“I felt really, really bad as a parent, because I should have believed my child,” says Shanta Witworth.
For the past two years, her 16-year-old son Breodd Holsey attended Northwood Appold Community Academy II, or NACA II, in northeast Baltimore. He kept telling his mom it wasn’t going well.
“In my eighth grade year, I kept telling her, ‘Ma, I ain’t learning nothing. I ain’t learning nothing,’” Breodd says. “But she wouldn’t believe me.”
But that changed after his mother recently watched a series of Project Baltimore reports.
“I watched it, and I just started screaming and I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s Breodd’s school they are talking about,’” says Witworth. “And I just busted out crying like, my son has been telling me about this school, and I never believed anything he said about this school, and the whole time he was telling the truth.”
“After seeing y’alls story and listening to him,” continued Witworth, “I transferred him, the very next day, actually. The very next day.”
While at NACA II, Breodd says he was bullied, and his life was even threatened.
“A kid told him he was going to blow his head off,” Witworth recalled.
And when it came to the classroom, Breodd says he wasn’t being challenged. He says he felt the teachers and administration weren’t meeting his needs. Breodd says he wanted out, and District data show he’s not alone.
Project Baltimore analyzed school surveys for NACA II, which are filled out by students. Based on a scale of 1-100, 100 being the best, city school students are asked to rate their school. At NACA II, 76 percent of students said, if given the option, they would leave the school. That’s nearly twice the District average of 40 percent. Just 20 percent would recommend NACA II to other students, compared to the District average of 60 percent.
“I’m just so glad I was watching TV and I saw it,” says Witworth. “Because I could have not saw it and he would be suffering for another year.”
“I hope they do get shut down,” Breodd says, “But I would feel bad, because all those kids that have been going there for years have to find a new school.”
Last week, Breodd started at his new high school in west Baltimore. He plans to graduate in 2021.
We reached out to the attorneys for NACA II’s principal and operator. Both declined to comment for this story, but in a previous statement to Project Baltimore, both attorneys did deny any allegations of grade changing.