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Kanye West’s private Christian school closes following anti-Semitic remarks

by Kelly Valencia

Donda Academy, Kanye West’s Christian private school in California, is reportedly closing for a year following the rapper’s anti-Semitic remarks.

According to news outlet ESPN, the school’s principal Jason Angell said West had taken the decision to close the school but assured that it would open again in 2023 to “begin afresh”.

"Our leadership team will be working diligently to assist all families during this transition, ensuring that every scholar has what they need to succeed in their next community in a prompt and gracious manner," Angell wrote in an email obtained by the outlet.

The school charges $15,000 a year and requires parents to sign non-disclosure agreements. It promises a faith-based curriculum, teaching subjects including English and science as well as Parkour, film and Christian choir.

It’s understood there are about 100 students at the school and 13 teachers.

Another email obtained by TMZ and signed by the "Parents of Donda" called for students to return to the academy earlier.

The school’s closure comes after West made antisemitic remarks on Twitter which led to his account being suspended for 12 hours. Since then, the rapper has apologised.

In an interview with Shade the Room, West said: “So before God what I would do is start off.

“As a summary, and say I’m sorry for hurting you as a Jewish person, I’m sorry for the way I made you feel. And I’m sorry for the entire population of other race that I feel as actually my brothers because I classify and feel that I’m also connected with Christ in that way …. and I can’t say is this exact teaching or that exact teaching but I feel that there’s an importance, you know the sons of Abraham or whatever you want to word, for us to come together to bring our different talents together to serve God collectively, and He as much of an alien as I am he did not call for me to alienate.”

Brands, including Adidas and Balenciaga, have severed ties with the artist whilst there are growing calls for Spotify to remove his music from its platform.

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