Parents out thousands of dollars after private school closes - CBS46 News

Parents out thousands of dollars after private school closes

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School starts next week for many students, and some parents in Forsyth County are up in arms after the school their children had been attending closed unexpectedly.

"We feel like she lied to everybody," parent Christine Troy said.

It's not a lesson Troy wanted her 4-year-old daughter Maiya to learn from the school she's attended for the past two years.

"Oh we want our money back," Troy said.

Troy said she paid North Atlanta International Academy on Peachtree Parkway more than $6,000 for tuition via the Georgia State Student Scholarship Fund and then the school suddenly went out of business.

"It was a shock and then the whole day on the Fourth of July everybody was like, 'What are we going to do?' So we scrambled to call all the schools to ask if they have spots open," Troy said.

Troy isn't the only one out thousands of dollars. The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office has compiled eight different incident reports. In fact, one parent claims to be out more than $15,000.

"Where is all the money going? I mean the tuition is not cheap, is not cheap," Troy said.

So CBS Atlanta News tried to follow the money trail. Parents said Christina Crumbley was the owner of the school. We learned she opened another school called One World Academy on Trammel Road, but it too is now closed. So we went to Crumbley's home, but she was not there.  We also tried contacting her via email and phone to no avail. 

"We try to talk to her, but no response. She just keeps saying, 'Wait until I liquidate my assets and then see what's left and then we will evenly distribute this money,'" Troy said.

According to the incident reports, the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is investigating these complaints as theft by taking. However, no charges have been filed and investigators believe it may be a civil matter.

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