Student no more.
With just a few weeks until the start of the new school year, one Chabad student was abruptly told by her seminary that she is expelled even before beginning – based on “hearsay and Loshon Hara,” her friends say.
Today, August 9, the young woman received an email from the school’s director, stating “It has come to my attention from more than one very reliable source” that although she had agreed to change the people she “hangs around with” and the “way you dress,” the student had not done so.
“In light of this, I can no longer have you as part of my seminary,” the director wrote, further stating, “YOU CHOSE NOT TO CHANGE YOUR BEHAVIOR.”
The young woman, a resident of Crown Heights, says the accusations leveled by the director are untrue, a friend of hers told COLlive. “This email is based on unnamed sources with unclear accusations and no opportunity for the girl to even respond to the ‘charges,’ said the friend. “What’s even more disheartening is how this was done. To be communicated this way, with anger and hate is beyond understanding from a Lubavitch seminary.”
The girl replied to the director that she in fact had been working as a head counselor all summer for a Shliach, and said that she specifically took a job without her usual group of friends, at the Seminary director’s request that she not spend more time with them, her friend told COLlive.
Still, the Seminary director replied via email that she “stands by her decision,” leaving the devastated student without any plans for the upcoming school year.
“She had already applied for grants and had purchased her plane ticket,” her friend told COLlive. “Can you imagine how this makes her feel?”
“It clearly stated in the email that this decision was based solely on some bit of gossip or lashon Hara, with the accusation made without any warning or room for discussion,” her friend said.
“The school made this decision without any regard for the future of this girl,” her friend said. “There is no oversight to this process, which is leaving at least one heartbroken girl left completely without any plans for the coming year. Who will take responsibility for that?”