Principal Akbar Cook of West Side High School

A New Jersey high school principal came up with an innovative idea to combat bullying when low income students come to school wearing dirty clothes.

Principal Akbar Cook of Newark’s West Side High School installed a laundry room in the school for students whose mothers can't afford to buy a washer and dryer.

Cook noticed a small percentage of students were cutting class every day and he did some investigating to find out why.

He discovered the students were being bullied for wearing dirty clothes to school, and bullies were posting photos of them wearing dirty clothes on social media.

“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."

After brainstorming with other faculty members, Cook reached out to PSE&G, and secured $20,000 to install five washers and five dryers in a converted football locker room.

After local news outlets reported the story, the school received donations of detergent and fabric softener.

Cook also provided some students with new clothing.

“I refuse to let a kid come to school smelling or dirty and I’m sitting on a shirt that says ‘West Side on it,” Cook said.

  • Nina Ross

    Wonderful

  • ThisIsWhat43LooksLike

    That is freaking awesome!!????????
    Way to go sir ?

  • Soon2BWife

    Bless his beautiful heart!

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    The parents will start sending their clothes also

  • Wreckognize Game

    Wonderful. God bless him , those kids and all who donated and helped to make this happen

  • Mz_Opinionated

    Who are you? And why are your comments so incredibly cynical and distasteful? I don't understand...you made a comment under the Aretha Franklin post that wasn't too nice and NOW here you are again with a shady comment...You have nothing better else to say? You should probably hush if nothing positive will leave your lips today.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Chill bruh bruh I have been around long enough to know how things go. If my post triggered you why don’t you just block me

  • Branch Davidian

    This is how you create a solution to a problem! It is hard to hold kids and teachers to achievement standards when they are basically trying to survive from day to day. Props to this man for thinking outside the box!

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Bless his heart. Makes me want to cry. These are folks that education needs! He’s giving me energy to keep studying for my teacher certification exam ??

    *turns page to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs* ?

  • bella28498 .

    I swear most of these black parents are worse than the crack era parents. I will never understand why ppl are having kids if they don’t want them or can’t afford them.

  • deadellamore

    They should do this at every school.

  • Browneyes

    Kudos to this man. I'd like to send a donation for some laundry supplies

  • Scromes1212

    This is dope. Good to see this brother going out of his way to make change. A lot of inner city schools are going to have to find new solutions to old problems. This was a small step but it will be a positive one.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    This is really dope

  • Nita

    That's wonderful he did that...god bless him

  • sherri2016

    No excuse to send your kid to school in dirty clothes my father was a single parent to nine and he would put our clothes in the bath tub to clean them we never went with dirty clothes even without a washing machine and now as a parent I would never send my kids like that either

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    What a thoughtful and caring principal. He's blessed beyond measure.

  • hottlanta

    I didnt know anything about lice until l went 2 a white school. Kids had so many bugs on them l would forget l was in my english class. I would get confused n thought l was in my science class and we would use thé lice bugs for an experiment.

  • sherri2016

    I live in a predominantly white area and white parents are worse dirty kids sent to school in the same clothes daily

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I'm scratching myself just thinking about that.

  • Eileen

    God Bless him. We need more black men like him in our community to take the lead investigate and come up with brilliant solutions like this one. God Bless him.

  • Ryan

    I remember there were a couple of girls in our class who always wore dirty clothes and got picked on for it. If there's a way to donate towards this online I want to contribute. Bless that man for taking initiative, can't imagine how bad it is now when every kid's got a phone to take pics.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I love love love this man! He went out of his way to ensure that not only will the students have clean clothes and avoid bullying but they will continue their education and not become a statistic. We need more educators like him.

  • hottlanta

    I never would forget when my white neighbor and her 14 year old son was fighting over a cigarette.

  • Ryan

    We didn't have a washing machine either for a long time and my momma washed our clothes by hand. Makes you wonder what's going on in these kids homes.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Well damn!!! PWT at its finest... smh...

  • free

    i think some folks are living so foul who knows if the water is on?

  • Ryan

    OMG!! God forgive me for laughing but I could see this

  • hottlanta

    Unsung hero. I bet those dirty kids make it in life and b more productive than some of those clean kids.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I never call names here but you are being really dumb today...

  • Scromes1212

    People don't realize the extreme poverty that people live in smh

  • TMW

    I was just thinking about this!! How when the one white girl at our school had lice and EVERYBODY had to go home and use that NIT stuff in their hair and wash their clothes in hot water. We and our parents were HEATED. She didn’t come back to the school either. So while black kids may come to school with dirty clothes sometimes, they have NEVER been the cause of a lice epidemic.

  • Yup, I said it

    People forget that you can wash clothes by hand. I still wash bras and dry clean only clothes by hand and hang dry them. No excuse for that.

  • Trey

    if you got your kids going to school dirty in 2018...ITS YOUR FAULT!

  • Quitedeliteful

    And as long as they live they will never forget this principal.

  • TMW

    This!! I wish more people understood that they should come with a solution if they identify a problem.

  • Scromes1212

    You clearly don't live around poverty stricken areas. Poverty is real

  • Rere

    This is admirable!

  • MJF

    right, people who judge without facts are uneducated in my opinion

  • MJF

    you sound silly, ungrateful and flat out uneducated.

  • Rainbowbelow

    Just today?!

  • free

    ...and when they try to use black lingo lolol

  • hottlanta

    If u got a child who has clean désigner clothes cellphone xbox n they aint going 2 school. It is your fault.

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    I just read that title to my coworkers.. and we all did a collective .. AWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.. now.. whats the school's paypal or cash app.. I want to donate

  • Shawty

    Some folks just don't have the means to take care of all that need to be taken care of. It may seem unreal to those that have the means to wash clothes regularly but I assure you it's a reality to some.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Folks are saying there is no excuse for these kids coming to school dirty but that's in a perfect world. In the world we in live children come to school dealing with all types of situations. Maybe the parents are meth heads or terminally ill or on crack or bi-polar or manic/depressed. May be they just don't give a damn. I say concentrate on the good that this man is doing! Kids are coming to school dirty for whatever reason -- we all agree that they shouldn't be but they are. Kudos to this Brilliant Black Man for finding a solution...

  • MJF

    of course, that's why whoever says anything against this post is just flat out silly. Not everyone has basic necessities (food, water, shelter)... we have to be more grateful as people man

  • free

    some of these kids are on their own and don't even have parents in the home or who are physically or mentally able to care for them. some kids don't eat unless it at school. my child STAY giving away food (lunch and snacks) so much that i give a side-eye because we are solid middle class but i bet a dollar to a dime some of her friend's parents don't feed them. i always give her extra to give out.

  • MJF

    exactly. And people want to know why we can't get along... because someone always has something STUPID to say. Can we not be thankful that someone is providing a necessity to others? Thanks for this comment.

  • Capricornlady

    YASSS Im so here for this! BUT!!!! What kind of parent sends their child ANYWHERE dirty? My mama didnt have much but if she had to wash our clothes in the sink and hang them to dry she did that!

  • Yoni7

    Almighty bless this man's soul! How can I donate?

  • Yoni7

    A SIMPLE SOULution at that. Salute to THIS brother.

  • Alextra Ballard

    This Principal needs National attention...so maybe other schools can follow suit.What a brilliant idea.

  • Yoni7

    RIGHT!

  • stav

    This made me very happy , emotional even. I love when people care!

  • Yoni7

    LOL RIGHT!
    If you got kids in designer clothes, cellphone, xbox and they going to school and STILL FAILING AT LIFE.....it's your fault.

  • Yoni7

    And some of the "clean" kids ain't really clean forreal. Don't want to brush their teeth or wash/wipe the crack of their ass properly.

  • Yoni7

    LMAOOO I believe it! LMAOOOOOO

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    This is heartwarming...I know people to this day that are traumatized from the high school b.s. they went through...to see this man help these young kings and queens is so admirable...

  • Alextra Ballard

    What does 2018 has to do with anything? Man it's parents/parent out her going through some real shidt. School just started here yesterday. Alot of kids didn't attend because they were not prepared. Parents are struggling.

  • Mia Said so

    In Tears right now.. YES YES AND YES

  • Yoni7

    .....and EVERYDAY!

  • Yoni7

    Sometimes people are so miserable in their own lives, they don't know how to be positive. It's just not in their DNA. Dick little and pussy dry is what I call'em.

  • Slickone

    Omg kids are so evil they will be bullying them for needing to use the wash next but this is a very sweet gesture I pray that it helps. I wish all schools would go to uniforms.

  • Latisaj

    This is the BEST Story I have viewed in a long time. God Bless this man!

  • BrownIsBack

    I wish more cared about their students like this

  • Slickone

    Exactly you don't know a person's situation.

  • Latisaj

    I had a friend that had some issue at home she didn't wear the best of clothes and didn't maintain herself as most young ladies did. We found out later that he mother had an addiction and she had to make due. She to this day is still hurt about the things that were said about her in high school. Confronted a few folks at our last class reunion too. You would be amazed at what haunts you for life. This was a brilliant idea however!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    What a simple compassionate solution. I love seeing things like this.

  • CopperCutie

    We were poor growing up, when our machine broke, my mother washed our clothes by hand and hung them on the line outside to dry. There is just NO excuse for these lazy, trifling parents these days!

  • Tiff J

    You know anyone who works at P&G? I'm sure they could use some donations of Tide.

  • dontgetblocked

    How about addressing the real issues: the bullies? This is just a bandaid. Now they can be teased for having to wash their clothes at school.

  • blue skies

    GREAT!

  • Yoni7

    I know of someone who retired from there. I'll ask her. Thanks.

  • Yoni7

    Bullies do need to be addressed. I agree. But as far as washing their clothes....nobody has to know. There are ways to be discreet about it.

  • justlooking

    One small step at a time.

  • justlooking

    @sandrarose - This is so heartwarming, please post more things like this.

  • BEANTOWN BULLI

    I agree!!! But I bet they ass can buy some l or smoke!!

  • JV

    This is so awesome! Happy I logged on to see this today.

  • justlooking

    I really want to give. I'm going to order via Amazon and send it to school.

    West Side Campus
    403 South Orange Avenue
    Newark, NJ 07103
    973-733-6977
    Attn: Akbar Cook

  • Vonn

    Yes ma'am. ??

  • Yoni7

    Thank you.

  • justlooking

    Everybody ain't able. Washing powder is not cheap, and sometimes is that or cereal and milk.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I wish I could, but my readers would riot. They prefer to read gossip and other ratchetness. ?

  • Vonn

    Me either. I love Akbar Cook for what he has done.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    P&G is the power company. Send donations directly to the school. Thanks @justlooking for the address:

    West Side Campus
    403 South Orange Avenue
    Newark, NJ 07103
    973-733-6977
    Attn: Akbar Cook

  • CopperCutie

    I'm pretty sure the mother is keeping her weave done though.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Today's moms are too busy twerking on Instagram and Snapchat.

  • Mz_Opinionated

    I hate to say this but there really is NO middle class any longer? How long do the dollars really stretch in that "tax bracket". I only feel like there is "working class" and wealthy". For colored folks. I am not speaking about the others who are far more privileged.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    So you think I am not black? I use palmers hair moisturizer and Shea butter one my face and bath with African black soap... my great grand ma was called big momma and she was a root worker.... you still think I am white?

  • Scromes1212

    Exactly smh people obviously don't know real struggle. You get fired and your lights get cut off , water turned off for a couple weeks. Car broke down. How you gonna hand wash clothes with no water? Anybody can fall on hard times

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    You don’t think that’s going to happen

  • Dr. P

    Not me Auntie, I am a Rose from the garden of Sandra. My type of rose hates gossip and mayhem #snickers

  • hottlanta

    How l love those 2 lovely words IN SCHOOL

  • Yup, I said it

    A lot of people hand wash their clothes. My family in the Caribbean will hand wash school uniforms during the week because the water pressure isnt strong enough for them to have personal washer and dryers.

  • hottlanta

    We were talking bout that yesterday how we would go n get that surplus food and make the best grilled cheese sandwiches. In the words of fantasia I AM HERE.

  • hottlanta

    No u got 2 b kidding.

  • Shawty

    I agree with you 100%. Well said my dear.

  • Wesley B. Smith II

    #blackexcellence

  • justlooking

    This post has me so emotional. You are correct.
    Once I paid only half of my electric bill and my lights got cut off, I had to pay the balance...then I had to pay a deposit, that was over 2 years ago...Do you know them Ahooles talking about they gonna review account to see if they can give me my deposit of 751 dollars. "Iihe Siruggle" is real.

  • davine puddin

    When i read this article it pulled at my heart. In atl most people have wash and dryer hookup. In east coast ny nj pa most do not. Its not just low income people. A few years ago when i was still living in atl i was feeling i was going to get sick so i knew i wasnt going to be able to work for almost a month. I was a independent contractor then. Who still had to pay taxi fees even if i couldnt work. So i sat down my daughter and grandson to work out our monthly budget while i recover. We all had season passes to everything in ga. My daughter was getting monthly marta bus pass cheap from her college. So that just left paying for grandson bus fare. So i asked him what was important for him. Meaning what places did he want to go to that month so we can preload the bus trips. He took it to mean what was important to pay in the house. Can yall believe he said paying the rent, food, and clean clothes. I couldnt believe a kid said clean clothes as important. I was expecting him to say six flags and zoo. He never went to e rivers with dirty clothes so he must have seen some sort of bullying of other children at school.

  • iWasteTime

    Not true!
    We want it all!
    You can give us one of these a day and we'd be just fine

  • Tiff J

    I meant P&G as in Procter & Gamble.... they make Tide right? PSE&G is the electric company..... which is weird that they gave the money for washing machines. To think GE or Maytag would have donated some machines.

  • kekeb

    I respect this!

  • Quitedeliteful

    I really don't. If the parents are truly neglectful they might not even notice that their children have clean clothes or they might think the principal is an idiot for even caring. In the worst case scenario, the parents are neat and clean themselves and won't care who washes the kids clothes...The principal is not going to let parents with a get-over mentality get over on him...

  • MSGREENMINUSTHEENVY

    This pulled at my heart.
    Thank you for doing this Mr. Cook, you'll be in my prayers!

  • kekeb

    @SandraRose I agree with iWasteTime's response below

  • kekeb

    Agreed!! Balance!!! Along with one weekly medical minute post

  • MsAmour22

    This is wonderful. An example of real caring and humanitarianism.

  • hi-liter

    This is one of the best things I've heard today.....People don't understand how much kids appreciate a decent pair of shoes and some clean fresh smelling clothes.

  • kekeb

    You're assuming that's their situation. Their parents/guardians could be ill or on drugs.

  • kekeb

    True. But they still need and DESERVE clean clothes

  • Trace da Ace

    This man is amazing!!!! See....folks should take a page out of his book. He investigated and did something about it!!!! Mr.Cook, you are indeed a angel sent from heaven.

    Sandy, thank you for this write up!!! It is amazing to see folks do wonderful things for the children. I so respect this man on so many levels!!!

  • Rainbowbelow

    Growing up that was one of main reasons why kids would get picked on. So for him to see that he could not stop the bullying completely, but he could stop it a little bit, is fantastic and I hope other schools can follow his lead.

  • Prettybrowneound35

    At Dollar Tree, everything is $1. That store has been my go to when things got hard.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Ain't that the truth!!! They will tease the dirty kid when the back of their own necks are filthy and they have enough wax in their ears to make a candle! smh...

  • kekeb

    Agree!! Being smelly and having dirty clothes can be social suicide. You don't have to have the BEST, but everybody deserves to be fresh and clean

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!! (sez nothing wrong with a lil ratchetness...)

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!

  • Melinated Goddess??

    No! You're racist non black trash! Using currently popular black stereotypes to prove your faux blackness. NEWS FLASH DUMB ASS! BLACK PEOPLE ARE NOT A MONOLITH. So your stereotypical racist rant further proves your non blackness.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Very true... The struggle is real! I was in and out of work and struggled for about five years straight with no stable job. I wanted to commit suicide! If someone mention that it was a beautiful day I was like, fugg a beautiful day, I need a job!!! LOLLOLLOL!!!!! I can laugh now but it was hell on my mental, spiritual and emotional state...

  • Renee26

    Admirable... I also hope they addressed the bullies who posted about those babies online. That's grounds for suspension at my sons school

  • Meme

    Oh my goodness this almost made me cry God bless that man and those kids, the kids will never ever forget this

  • Scromes1212

    Glad you pulled through. It can get rough out here

  • hi-liter

    This takes me back to my own struggle growing up.....I remember we used to get clothes from the Catholic Social services. They would have a room full of donated clothes and they would let people go in and just pick whatever they wanted. This is how I made it thru high school, on donated clothes, donated bread....and my mama worked with 5 kids. Didn't have a washer/dryer either, but we was never dirty. But some how, some way we made it. If it wasn't for that struggle, I damn sure wouldn't be who I am today.

  • Renee26

    Honey let me tell you... Cabbage and salmon patties is our poor meals....inexpensive and stretched over a couple days

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Renee26

    A good mix is fine, we like variety ...don't forget the morning wood/ glory posts

  • Li-Wright

    This is happening a lot in inner city schools. I substitute teach and there are times when little kids come in with "smelly" clothes. Just a sign of the times.

  • Li-Wright

    Me too. Hand me downs. St. Vincent Depaul. I felt so ashamed because we couldn't buy new clothes.

  • Li-Wright

    Me too. Hand me downs. St. Vincent Depaul. I felt so ashamed because we couldn't buy new clothes.

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Lawmakers are considering legislation to take cell phones out of schools. There is also a bill in the works to ban cell phones for all children under 11.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Lawmakers are considering legislation to take cell phones out of schools. There is also a bill in the works to ban cell phones for all children under 11.

  • hi-liter

    IN GA?....My daughter attends a Magnet High School and they use their smart phones in damn near every class.

  • hi-liter

    IN GA?....My daughter attends a Magnet High School and they use their smart phones in damn near every class.

  • Tee Bullock

    Thank you so much Principal Cook! It's sad to say and I'm not saying all school faculty but it seems like a lot of them are there just to get their paycheck. My husband and I transferred our son 3 times last year because of teaching issues. Thank goodness he is now in a school that cares and wants him to succeed and he even got skipped up to the 5th grade after testing!

  • Tee Bullock

    Thank you so much Principal Cook! It's sad to say and I'm not saying all school faculty but it seems like a lot of them are there just to get their paycheck. My husband and I transferred our son 3 times last year because of teaching issues. Thank goodness he is now in a school that cares and wants him to succeed and he even got skipped up to the 5th grade after testing!

  • bella28498 .

    Don’t care if white kids are dirty I’m talking about my own people. White ppl overdosing in cars off of heroin I will let their community deal with that.

  • bella28498 .

    Don’t care if white kids are dirty I’m talking about my own people. White ppl overdosing in cars off of heroin I will let their community deal with that.

  • the guest

    Principle Cook is a genius and a saint. This is the most thoughtful and pragmatic gift. I love that he built a laundry room rather than secure a laundry service, so the kids will master an essential life skill. This is true empowerment!

    I would volunteer and donate time to do laundry.

  • the guest

    Principle Cook is a genius and a saint. This is the most thoughtful and pragmatic gift. I love that he built a laundry room rather than secure a laundry service, so the kids will master an essential life skill. This is true empowerment!

    I would volunteer and donate time to do laundry.

  • the guest

    Most are there for the paycheck but there are some real teachers left. I hope your son loves his new school.

  • the guest

    Most are there for the paycheck but there are some real teachers left. I hope your son loves his new school.

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  • Renee26

    Good!

  • Renee26

    Good!

  • the guest

    I'm still holding parents accountable.

    There are poor, I mean impoverished, people all over the world and they do laundry. Whether in a bucket or a river, clothes get washed. I feel there is no excuse for kids to be wearing dirty clothes.

    What low income parents don't have in money, they need to make up for it in energy. Everyone has to put the time in for their kids.

    I read on a blog about the many working people and students that are washing clothes in the bathtub. I was astonished at how many people are handwashing in their tub and these people were not low income people.

  • the guest

    I'm still holding parents accountable.

    There are poor, I mean impoverished, people all over the world and they do laundry. Whether in a bucket or a river, clothes get washed. I feel there is no excuse for kids to be wearing dirty clothes.

    What low income parents don't have in money, they need to make up for it in energy. Everyone has to put the time in for their kids.

    I read on a blog about the many working people and students that are washing clothes in the bathtub. I was astonished at how many people are handwashing in their tub and these people were not low income people.

  • freelancepimp .

    Sad to say it ain't just these times. happened when I was in school.

  • freelancepimp .

    Sad to say it ain't just these times. happened when I was in school.

  • Bonita

    Beautiful! One of my closest friends is a K-8 Principal here in Chicago, and she supplies some of her kids with bar soap and deoderant so they are no longer teased for being musty. All because their trifling parents are so busy running the streets and being strung out, that they aren't making sure that their kids have basic necessities at home.

  • Bonita

    Beautiful! One of my closest friends is a K-8 Principal here in Chicago, and she supplies some of her kids with bar soap and deoderant so they are no longer teased for being musty. All because their trifling parents are so busy running the streets and being strung out, that they aren't making sure that their kids have basic necessities at home.

  • Roxie Moxie

    *tear*
    If anybody has anything negative say about this: F*ck you.

  • Roxie Moxie

    *tear*
    If anybody has anything negative say about this: F*ck you.

  • HelloToni

    That's awesome. I hope the school board was able to cover the expense.

  • HelloToni

    That's awesome. I hope the school board was able to cover the expense.

  • justlooking

    You ain't never lied. I remember my cousin put me down for hamburger rolls and hotdogs for 50 people. I was at the dollar tree and them rolls was GOODT. them greedy ninjas didn't know the difference.

  • justlooking

    You ain't never lied. I remember my cousin put me down for hamburger rolls and hotdogs for 50 people. I was at the dollar tree and them rolls was GOODT. them greedy ninjas didn't know the difference.

  • Yup, I said it

    Agreed. It would be helpful to also teach them in home economics how to hand wash and hang dry. So they will,never have dirty clothes again. Many of us learned these tools from our grandparents and we do use them today. Unfortunately now grandmas are twerking right along with the mother.

  • Yup, I said it

    Agreed. It would be helpful to also teach them in home economics how to hand wash and hang dry. So they will,never have dirty clothes again. Many of us learned these tools from our grandparents and we do use them today. Unfortunately now grandmas are twerking right along with the mother.

  • Yup, I said it

    Sandra, can we get a post about Melvin Harris, who beat to death a man that was trying to break into his daughters bathroom stall at a gas station? We need to keep an eye on this and make sure the system doesn't screw him.

  • hi-liter

    Haven’t heard about this yet....goes to do research....

  • hi-liter

    They have charged him with 2nd degree murder....what would have happened if that man would have gotten into the bathroom and raped/ murdered his daughter? If I could be on that jury, it would be a Hell No on convicting this man, shit I say set him free.

  • SweetTEE

    I remember being a freshman in college and not having extra coins... a carribean girl taught alllll of us in the suite bout that tub and how they wash their dirty undergarments while they are in the shower and hang to dry. And we used body soap. And it worked. This mess up top is trifling and aint no excuse for having your child going to school like that.

    Big ups to the principle.

  • Karen Brady

    Tears are stinging my eyes. No lie. Thank you brother and may God bless you for all your days.

  • Karen Brady

    Yes.. my fam is carribean and we washed our panties while showering every day. Now that you mention it I probably didn't stop this until early 30's when I got my first washer and dryer in my place. Forgot all about that!

  • Yup, I said it

    That's what I'm saying. Heres a black man who is an active father protecting his kid and he still ends up in prison for protecting his family???? White men can use the Castle doctrine and stand your ground laws all day and walk away Scott free but we supposed to sit and watch our family's be attacked?? If we keep it in the news the prosecutors may reduce the charges to manslaughter or better but we have let them know we are watching them

  • Karen Brady

    I mentioned this on another post earlier. Good Lord don't let them sentence that man. Hero in my book!

  • Karen Brady

    Say it again!

  • Karen Brady

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Sorry. Harris was wrong. He didn't witness the attempted break in, and the security guard told him to let him handle it. Instead, Harris wandered over to the man in the parking lot and punched him, knocking him to the ground. Whether the man attempted to get into the stall accidentally or intentionally, we will never know because he is dead. Harris should have let security handle it.

  • bella28498 .

    So are u saying because white ppl are disgusting parents black parents get to slide on the homicide with the b.s? Nope get your chit together.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The fact is the man did not get into the restroom. Those doors are made out of metal. You can't beat somebody to death over what might have happened had he gotten in. He didn't didn't get in and he didn't touch the girl so what was the harm done?

  • hi-liter

    He shoulda never tried it. There may be more details to come as to why but everybody don’t play games when it comes to their children.

  • Bea Mack,ThaLiteSkinMissCelie

    I remember plenty of nights washing my clothes in the tub when in middle and high school....you have to do what you have to do, but these students are blessed to have this man as a positive force in their lives

  • Yup, I said it

    Yes, ppl will test you and they will surely attack your child if they think they can get away with it. His backside shouldnt have been in the women's restroom anyway. The father said the man threw the first punch. Manslaughter is the most he should get.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    This really did bring a smile to my face after a draining day. ?

    I swear if more leaders behaved liked this, instead of joining in on bullying children, the world would be a much better place, for these kids to grow up in.

    WAY TO GO AKBAR COOK!!!!! Changing children's lives, for the better, one good deed at a time.

  • Dowoop

    He also needs to suspend / expel the kids doing the bullying!

  • Dowoop

    I still do that even though they still go in the laundry. Old habits die hard.

  • Dowoop

    My son's kindergarten class got sent home with a letter encouraging them to bring in their own personal electronic devices.

  • Dowoop

    This is high school. They should take some pride in their personal appearance and hand wash it themselves if their parents /guardians are ill and on drugs.

  • sherri2016

    I don't care about them either all I was saying it's not a color issue it's a bad parent issue you were saying black parents are bad when they are bad parents in every race

  • T3

    This is awesome! I've always said I want to do this at my school. This gets me thinking about who I can reach out to to make it happen. Kudos to him!

  • the guest

    Amen.

  • the guest

    I placed an order with Amazon Pantry this afternoon.

    Soon they will be blessed with volunteers who will do the laundry.

  • Judi Jupiter

    This is so Dang sad. People STOP having kids you CAN'T AFFORD. That nut ain't worth a lifetime of their childhood suffering.

  • Bad bad girl

    what a dumb ass thing to say. These bots are ridiculous

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Beautiful.

  • bella28498 .

    Nah don’t care if white ppl are bad parents only care about my community..... I get really sad seeing the children in my community having to endure things like this due to poor parenting.

  • PynkCloudz

    Very nice. But 5 sets of those wash/dryers did not cost 20k.

  • PynkCloudz

    Why can't the parents hand wash the clothes? We used to do it all the time.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    How would a white man really know what a root worker is or palmers hair moisturizer do you even know what a root worker is

  • esh

    some parents just dont care if their kids clothes are clean, just so they're outta the house for school. and also clothes will never come as clean by hand as a washer. this is a good ideal.

  • free

    SMMFH

  • free

    you're right!

  • Judi Jupiter

    Who's a bot? You obviously don't get my point. This is a GREAT thing he's doing. But it's SAD he has to do this because these parents can't and/or won't adequately take care of their kids. My parents would've never let me go to school in dirty anything, because they cared enough to take care of me properly. I am NOT discrediting what he's done, which is absolutely wonderful for the community, but it's sad the circumstances of why he had to do it. AND YES, this can be prevented by either taking care of your kids properly, or just not having any that you won't .

  • 6ue$$imh8n

    That's a tax write-off for that school he just did that for publicity the real problem starts at home. You can wash the kids clothes and they can go back home and get them dirty again. the bottom line is it's the parents fault and he needs to see why they're coming to school dirty like that in the first fucking place

  • 6ue$$imh8n

    honestly Social Services need to be sent to those homes to the bottom issue. Clean clothes isn't going to stop abuse.

  • Judi Jupiter

    Exactly, because I can guarantee if their parents can't wash their clothes, and are ok with them skipping school because of it, they are not getting balanced meals that they should. I literally almost hit a boy the other day driving down my street at 1am, because I had to come to a complete stop at 60mph since he was in the middle of the road. Couldnt have been more than 6 years old. Where were his parents? On the other side of the road staring in space high on crack with three smaller children in tow, all of them looked disheveled. I yelled at the parents in disappointment, because semi trucks speed down my street in droves at that time of night, and it could've been one of them instead of me who wouldn't be able to stop in time. The worst part was they were so gone they didn't even realize that the boy was in the street OR that he was almost hit. Actually, asked me for $5 damn dollars, and didn't even care to check on their son. These are the type of children that this young man is helping because of their parents awful parenting skills, and it's sad.

  • justlooking

    Amen! Laundry, extra clothes, scholarships, assistance to parents.

  • Braxton P. Hartnabrig

    "the parents fault"
    A lot of factors that is common with a lot of low income blacks all around the United States. Substance abuse, alcohol,cigarettes, high cost of living, lack of concern for the child cause he looks like his daddy and, unemployment. You can chose one or all those factors and you will find your answer.

  • Braxton P. Hartnabrig

    You do understand you are talking to a group of people who are the most irresponsible with their reproduction organs? They won't and will not get it.

  • kekeb

    Wow. That was haughty and callous, but if that's how you feel, ok. SMH

  • kekeb

    Probably plumbing

  • Braxton P. Hartnabrig

    You said Balance Meal and over her dieing???? Niggas don't want no balance meal. Balance meals take time to cook and prep. For the most part, the kids are from single parent back ground who don't know how to make a grill cheese sandwich. The mom is on drugs with 4 kids with everything being subsadize by the government. She not go take no time to cook a balance meal and especially not every day. Chasing that high is the main priority. She'll give them a bag of hot cheetoes. If they lucky she'll have a good day on the Ave selling punta and take them to Chang N Chang for some pork fried rice.

  • Judi Jupiter

    Maybe including the clothes??

  • Judi Jupiter

    Balanced meals can come out the no frills can. String beans, some mandarin oranges, tuna, and bread would be enough...lol. covers the food groups... but not hot pockets, tostitos, pop tarts, etc., and to be real I see many white folks with their kids in the same deplorable conditions, so its not just black people.

  • MsVida

    I sadly experienced this outside target one day. There was a boy about 12 with his friend and when they walked past me he smelled so bad I did a double take. I realized he was filthy and my eyes welled up. I have two boys and I could not fathom how difficult his life is without clean clothes. Embarrassingly, I never realized some kids have parents who truly dgaf and would let them leave the house smelling/looking like that.

  • Greatgrape37

    God bless him

  • bella28498 .

    U didn’t answer my question

  • bella28498 .

    I agree with everything EXCEPT white ppl are not disgusting because they are but our community love to deflect when talking about our issues the likely reason is because most who are deflecting are disgusting parents themselves. Everytime there is a time to look at our disgusting ways there is someone talking about what about white ppl
    But funny thing white ppl have the resources that are provided to them to help their community and we don’t so no comparison. Black ppl need to get on their chit!

  • Yoni7

    And enough crust on their lips to come up with a new brand of cornflakes.

  • Black4life

    Don't try to explain anything to Uncle Ruckus aka: Braxton P. Hartnabrig.

  • bella28498 .

    U are a profound idiot, I’m not caping for another race of ppl. White folks are disgusting and I stand by my statement!

  • http://www.mylifeinlame.com/?m=1 Kimberly

    This really warmed my heart. Good for him.

  • Yup, I said it

    I'm am too through with this explanation but your right though, poverty is the result the underlying issues are what cause poverty.

  • http://www.mylifeinlame.com/?m=1 Kimberly

    Bingo. If every parent was responsible like they should be we wouldn't' have a lot of issues that we have today. A lot of these kids are out here with nothing.

  • Junkanoo

    This is where the focus needs to be providing solutions instead of just talking aout it

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    That's a wonderful idea. Good for him!

  • Tee Bullock

    Thank you he really does, the teachers are focused on the kids succeeding.

  • bella28498 .

    I can’t be racist I don’t control where anyone live, go to school, or determine if you can get a loan. Black ppl can’t be racist we don’t control anything.

  • bella28498 .

    Oh stop black ppl are too docile

  • bella28498 .

    No just predjudice and I have every right considering white ppl are maniacs

  • Braxton P. Hartnabrig

    Sad reality

  • Indies beauty

    Dam you took me back to St. Vincent DePaul. My family really struggled back then and I remember getting free clothes from the store. Wow. I really repressed that experience but you triggered me with your comment. Thank you God for blessing me.

  • India Sanders

    You have to thank about plumbing, wiring and whoever they hired to install it and he also mentioned that he also was able to get clothes for some of them. So whether it was 20,000 or 5,000 he still made something happen.

  • Alexis Carson

    Exactly! You would be so surprised how many kids are in homes with parents who just dont care about their children's well being anyway. Its so sad. This story really just made my day.

  • Alexis Carson

    Oh So...you have the receipt?? You know what tyoe of machines they bought? You know what brand it is X 5?? Exactly! No you don't. Mind your business. Focus on the good and leave your negative, smart ass comments elsewhere. It doesn't matter how much they cost. He got them. Why does it matter? And who do you care? Is it your $20K..

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    You're probably right about the washers and dryers, but how many schools have proper hook ups electrical (220v) and plumbing for 5 washers and dryers? Most of not all do not. When you add permits, labor and parts and inspections to ensure he was doing it at or above code plus the new clothes $20k doesn't go very far

  • Um Qasim

    Or it could.be that the parents leave for work early and come.home late and dont habe a washing machine, and due to hours cant get to a laundromat to wash clothes often...

    Could be they have to choose between heat.and getting clothes washed...

    Or gas.to.get kid to school vs ashing kids clothes...

    Being poor and/or black does not automatically make you a "dgaf parent"...

  • Braxton P. Hartnabrig

    YES, you may be right Mother of Qasim.

  • Pamela Lilo Hardy

    I’m looking at some of these comments n it’s sad because this Man did a great thing for “his” students! He is one person and only one thing can be done at a time! He rectified the issue in his home(school) to make the children want to come to school to learn; now anything that happens after that is a bigger blessing. Damn these ppl are harsh HE IS ONE PERSON!!! These children are more than grateful I’m sure?????

  • Melinated Goddess??

    Please save your racist banter for someone else. The racist trash that owns Luckymojo is a WHITE rootworker. Hoodoo Delish is a WHITE rootworker. Your lies and gaslighting don't work on me.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    You got online and typed that up root work all started in Africa. When ever I see somebody talking about melinated I know that just a black activist and not really pro black