You would think twice about getting on Oprah’s bad side, wouldn’t you? She is one the most powerful and rich women in the world and surely knows how to take care of anyone that goes against her rules.
Well, rewind two years and you might recall dorm matron Virginia Tiny Makgobo, 27. She was charged with assault and soliciting a minor among other things at Oprah's Leadership Academy for girls. Unfortunately, a similar scandal has once again plagued the South Africa, boarding school.
Winfrey’s publicist, Lisa Halliday, has only confirmed that two girls have been suspended “because they contravened the school’s code of conduct.” Details are few as she also stated, “we regard this incident as confidential.”
However, the Afrikaans on Sunday local newspaper reported that seven students were suspended for sexually harassing their schoolmates. A couple of them were caught fondling each other and pressuring others to engage in lesbian acts. One particular 15-year old student is said to have forced the other girls to lie to authorities about the incidents.
This student’s parents received a letter from the school that read, “You have been found guilty of physical contact of a sexual nature with another pupil on campus, harassment, bullying other girls on campus, and of being dishonest by not telling investigators the whole truth.”
It seems so far that this situation only involved students, but in either case this is yet another blow to the image of the boarding school.
“I am a mama bear when it comes to protecting my children,” says Winfrey.
If there is one thing you don’t do it is get Oprah mad. You can jump on her couch, but that’s pushing it.
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