'How dare you do this to us.' Former Stone Academy student livid as education put on pause

Perci Hunter, of Bridgeport, says she began studying at the school's Waterbury location two years to become a licensed practical nurse.

News 12 Staff

Mar 4, 2023, 6:09 PM

Updated 410 days ago

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A former Stone Academy student tells News 12 she is outraged by the school's abrupt closure and having her education put on hold.
The school was shut down last month after state officials discovered questionable passing rates, teachers who were not properly qualified and insufficient attendance records.
Perci Hunter, of Bridgeport, says she began studying at the school's Waterbury location two years to become a licensed practical nurse.
Hunter says her life turned upside down following the closure and did not know what would happen next. She initially thought she would need to retake all of her nursing courses.
However, officials from the Connecticut Office of Higher Education told her she could get her transcript and credits transferred to another program.
Hunter says while she is grateful Attorney General William Tong is investigating Stone Academy, she is furious her education has been temporarily put on hold.
"Here we are, all set to graduate, set to get out," Hunter says. "Then you're going to drop a bomb on us like this, just blow everything into smithereens. I said, 'How dare you do this to us.' I mean, it isn't right, it isn't fair."
Tong says he is working to ensure students either get reimbursed for tuition or have their student loans forgiven.
Stone Academy has not responded to News 12 Connecticut's request for comment.


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