Nicki Minaj Claims Former High School Denied Her Visit , Principal Responds


Yesterday, Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to express her disappointment– and possibly her anger– that the principal of her former high school, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, declined her request to visit and speak with students.

“I wanted to go back to my HS and speak to the students but the principal declined, “the star rapper wrote. No need for me to inspire them, I guess. Smh.”

Nicki continued her tweets by adding: “That school change my life and I wanted to pay it forward to the students there now. I was really looking forward to it.”

When asked if school officials gave a reason why she was turned down, she said, “Not really,” offering the explanation, “I guess I’m not good enough.”

The rappers loyal followers, who she nicknamed her Barbz, began to flood the school’s social media pages and phone lines in defense of the head Barb, prompting the school’s principal to release a statement on the matter to all of the students’ parents. She wrote:

Dear LaGuardia Community, It has been brought to our attention that Nicki Minaj is attempting to generate publicity for herself by posting negative information about our principal, Dr. Lisa Mars, and LaGuardia Arts High School. The fact is that Ms. Minaj was told by the NYC Department of Education (DOE) that she would not be allowed to enter the school with a television crew. The DOE has policies in place to protect the privacy and security of all its students. I’m sure we all appreciate the strict enforcement of these policies with regard to the safety of our children.

Apparently, the star wanted to film her visit to include it in a webisode series, but having cameras in the school was against the performing arts school’s policy.

“Of course alumni are welcome back to our campuses and we love to celebrate their success, providing it does not interrupt the educational process,” the official told the Daily News. “However, we do not allow reality TV to be filmed on school property. For documentaries, any visit to a public school must be educational in nature and cannot intrude on instruction.”

Nicki Minaj has not responded to the school’s claims.


(Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images and Twitter/Nicki Minaj)