A kindergaten kid's parents are super pissed at their child's school for allegedly swindling them out of $50,000!
They're so pissed in fact that they're suing the educational institution!
Wealthy parents Michelle Heinemann and Jon Heinemann sent their son Hudson to the Cathedral School of St. John the Divine in New York City. The school charges $39,000 in tuition fees.
The parents say they helped their son and his classmates create a piece of artwork that features all of the children's traced paper hands on a frame that was auctioned off at the school to raise money.
The couple told the school they'd like to be the highest bidder on the artwork, but could not attend the event in person. They told the school they'd be willing to bid up to $3,000.
But the couple claim two high ranking employees at the school drove the artwork's price up to $50,000 which was ultimately the highest bid.
The two parents' suit accused the school of:
"allowing a scheme that sought to extract $50,000 from [the Heinemanns] for goods that were not worth more than $3,000,"
The said Heinemann's attorney said in a statement:
"The Heinemann family is deeply disheartened by The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine's actions and request privacy while they try to resolve this issue and protect their children."
The school has responded by calling the family suit:
"sad, false, and without merit. The Cathedral School has a more than 100-year reputation of excellence in education and service to its students and demonstrates a profound respect for the dignity and equality of every child."
Michelle Heinemann and Jon Heinemann took their son Hudson out of the school after the silent auction, and are also seeking money for the amount it cost them to relocate and reenroll Hudson in another school to finish the year.
We'll be eagerly anticipating the verdict in this extremely unusual case!
[Image via jeffkward/Flickr.]
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