“No Nicki Minaj” Says LaGuardia High School
So much for going back to school. Nicki Minaj was denied the opportunity to go back and speak to the kids at her high school, she says. And though I can name a few reasons why a principal or even PTA mom might deny having Nicki Minaj influence their kids’ impressionable minds, there seems to be some miscommunication between the parties, or even to the public, as to why Nicki was not allowed to speak.
“I wanted to go back to my HS and speak to the students, but the new principal declined,” tweeted Nicki on Thursday, riling up her 18 million Twitter followers (otherwise known as “Barbz”). “No need for me to inspire them, I guess,” she sarcastically stated.
Nicki, a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, has often talked about her high school, a well-respected performing arts high school in New York City, and the impact it had on shaping her as an artist. In her messaging last week, she reiterated her feelings. “That school changed my life, and I wanted to pay it forward to the students there now.” Nicki’s social media rant heightened emotions among student fans who would have otherwise fawned at the chance of meeting one of their most successful alums.
But the answer was still a no. And according to the school, it was not a decision that the principal made herself. The New York City Department of Education released a statement in response to the drama that basically said their decision had to do with Nicki’s film crew, which would be a disruption to their school. “Alumni visit all the time and address students. However, we do not allow reality TV to be filmed on school property. For documentaries, any visit to a public school must be educational in nature and cannot intrude on instruction, and the decision about whether we can accommodate visits from celebrities is entirely up the Principal who manages the property,” Marge Feinberg at the New York City Department of Education press office.
But despite the decision being made by the Department of Education, Dr. Lisa Mars, the school’s current principal was the name who came under attack. After her phone number and email address were posted, the twitterati went in with the comments against Dr. Mars. The school responded in a letter sent to the school’s parents. “It has been brought to our attention that Nicki Minaj is attempting to generate a publicity for herself by posting negative information about our principal, Dr. Lisa Mars, and LaGuardia Arts High School. The fact is that Ms. Minaj was told by the NYC Department of Education that she would not be allowed to enter the school with a television crew.”
Though many speculated that Nicki was rejected based on her sexy image and recent not-so-G-rated “Anaconda” video and performances, the school’s letter seems to suggest that the decision had nothing to do with Nicki’s “wild side.” By saying that Nicki was trying to maximize from the publicity generated from her statements, the school seemed to also fire back at Nicki which does seem a bit petty that a school would stoop to that level. Still, the reasoning they listed in the letter is definitely legit. It went on to say that “The DOE has policies in place to protect the privacy and security of all its students. I’m sure we all appreciate the strict enforcement of these policies with regards to the safety of our children.” Ultimately, I have to agree with the school, and having a television film crew and a celebrity as big as Nicki would mean there was a lot of red tape the school would have to go through just to have her come on the property.
Now while it would be great for students to have a chance to meet Nicki and hear her story, I would also understand why a high school would have some reservations about having someone whose most popular single right now says “oh my gosh, look at her butt.” Though the DOE and the school seem to be avoiding the elephant in the room and sticking to this story about the film crew, you’ve got to appreciate a school that puts the “rules and regulations” above celebrity.