The Weekly – Series Premiere Preview – T.M. Landry School Sold Top Colleges ‘A Sob Story’ That Wasn’

The Weekly – Series Premiere Preview – T.M. Landry School Sold Top Colleges ‘A Sob Story’ That Wasn’

August 30, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


May 31, 2019 Show notes Behind-the-scenes commentary and updates from producer, Samantha Stark. Slide 1 of 5 Former T.M. Landry students met confidentially with our reporter, Erica L. Green, for fear the school’s founder would retaliate against them for speaking up. CreditAnnie Flanagan for The New York Times Nyjal Mitchell, who dreamed of attending M.I.T., was shunned by his neighbors and classmates, after he filed a police report in 2017 alleging Michael Landry, the founder of the school, physically abused him. Now, Nyjal attends a public high school, and is looking at M.I.T and other colleges with engineering programs. CreditAnnie Flanagan for The New York Times Sanaa Mitchell, Nyjal’s younger sister, said Michael Landry made a mistake picking on her brother. “He messed with my brother and he messed with the wrong brother. He messed with the wrong son. He messed with the wrong family. He messed with the wrong town.” CreditAnnie Flanagan for The New York Times Megan Malveaux has had to rely on a tutor to help her catch up on coursework that her Landry transcript indicates she already completed. She says Michael Landry made the classes up. CreditAnnie Flanagan for The New York Times T.M. Landry had to abandon its home, this bare-bones factory in Breaux Bridge, La. It now operates from a former skating rink, according to local news reports. Parents say the school’s enrollment has plunged from a high of 180 two years ago. CreditAnnie Flanagan for The New York Times 1/5