Students Protest at Beauty School
"Salons look at where you went to school and what the reputation was like, no matter how good we might be at what we're doing," said Leslie Jones, a former beauty school president. "If we don't measure up in the salon industry, or our school doesn't measure up, they're not going to take us."
Instructor Sam Lanham said his health insurance lapsed because the school didn't pay its premiums. Students said they support Lanham and won't stay there if he leaves.
"They've told me, 'If you're not staying, Sam, we're not going to stay. We support you 100%,'" he said.
Owner Lee Buxton said the school hasn't paid its bills because he hasn't received Pell Grant money from the government yet. Buxton is working with an agent in Texas who connects schools with government funds. Buxton said the agent told him shipping problems have delayed the federal money.
The building owner told protesters he has not received rent for the past three months and won't sign a new lease with the Columbia Beauty Academy.