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Michigan 6th-grade school trip allegedly ends at lounge with stripper poles

Michigan 6th grade school trip allegedly ends at lounge with stripper


A Michigan school district is under fire after allegedly bringing students to a restaurant with a stripper pole lounge — and supposedly threatening legal action against the trustee who exposed the scandal.

The incident reportedly took place on Nov. 16, when sixth-grade band and orchestra students from Hart Middle School in Rochester Hills visited Detroit hotspot Niki’s Pizza following a performance by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Located in the Greektown neighborhood, Niki’s Pizza operates in conjunction with Niki’s Lounge, a risqué nightclub.

“The students were moved from Niki’s Pizza due to a lack of available space to the Lounge where they tried out some pole dancing,” Rochester Community Schools (RCS) trustee and parent Andrew Weaver alleged in a Jan. 6 Facebook post.

Sixth-grade students from Hart Middle School in Rochester Hills, Michigan, are seen playing on “stripper poles” during a November field trip.
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Niki's Pizza is a popular spot in Detroit's Greektown neighborhood.
Niki’s Pizza is a popular spot in Detroit’s Greektown neighborhood.
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In addition to a photo of the children playing on the poles, Weaver’s post, which was shared with followers of his blog Finding the Right Answer, includes images of Niki’s adult lounge scene and drinks menu.

Weaver’s post quickly made the rounds on social media, where it was shared on Twitter by @LibsofTikTok. RCS subsequently blocked the controversial account as the story picked up traction.

In a statement to the Daily Caller, RCS executive director of strategic communication Lori Grein denied that the district took students “to an eatery attached to a ‘strip club.’” 

“Proposed field trips are evaluated by a curriculum team and require a parental/guardian permission slip,” she continued. 

“The safety and security of our students, staff and school community is always our priority.”

Niki’s owner Agatha Kefallinos told the outlet that the school would have known about the seating arrangements when it made its reservation.

“Typically when we have a group of over 100 people, we give them the option of going to our second floor, which is operated as a club on Saturday nights but is closed during the day,” she explained.

Trustee Andrew Weaver shared images of the trip on Facebook.
Trustee Andrew Weaver shared images of the trip on Facebook.
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“We’ve been doing this for 20 years. We’ve had dozens of school groups, and there was never an issue.”

Kefallinos also said the metal poles are not stripper poles, but simply “part of the decorations.”

Despite the district’s denial of any wrongdoing, Weaver, who ran for trusteeship on a platform of greater transparency between schools and parents, doubled down on his stance that RCS failed to adequately address the situation.

Niki's Pizza doubles with Niki's Lounge, a risqué nightlife spot.
Niki’s Pizza also operates Niki’s Lounge, a risqué nightspot.
Facebook/NIKIS Lounge Greektown

“As I have stated previously and a key foundation of my promise to the public, there needs to be more focus on the actions that reflect poorly on our District,” he wrote on his trustee Facebook profile on Jan. 8.

“Many community members feel that there is too much time and energy spent trying to stop people from knowing about the actions that reflect poorly on the District while not enough time or energy is spent on actually doing anything about the issue(s) at hand.”

Weaver also accused the district of attempting to intimidate him, writing on Jan. 11 that Superintendent Robert Shaner sent a letter to officials on Dec. 21 encouraging the board to “take immediate action to ensure Mr. Weaver’s compliance with protocol” while threatening to seek “legal redress.”

Hart Middle School is part of the Rochester Community Schools district.
Hart Middle School is part of Rochester Community Schools District.
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This is not Weaver’s first run-in with RCS’s thornier side. As a parent, he claims to have received two cease-and-desist letters from the district over social media posts criticizing pandemic policies and remote learning.

He also says Shaner filed a police report against him for making “false allegations and insults” during an exchange over masks at a school board meeting.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, the district denied any threats against Weaver.

A permission slip for the Nov. 16 field trip.
A permission slip for the Nov. 16 field trip.
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“On Dec. 21, 2022, Dr. Shaner provided a letter to the Board of Education. The correspondence reinforced the need for a new board member to comply with board bylaws and the code of cooperation so that the district’s focus can remain on the education of all RCS students,” the statement read.

“The letter did not include any threats.”

Speaking to Detroit News editor Kaitlyn Buss, Weaver said he nevertheless remains undeterred in his crusade for accountability.

“It’s why I ran,” he said.

Weaver, Rochester Community Schools and Shaner did not immediately reply to The Post’s requests for comments.





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