MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- Students at Brio Academy in Meriden say they've signed up and paid their money for classes, but they don't have enough teachers.
The students told News 8 that the Brio Academy was bought by Marinello Schools of Beauty earlier this year. They say problems started popping up right after the purchase, but the company says transition takes time.
"All this stuff, I bought and paid for, everything," one student said.
A lack of adequate supplies is just one complaint coming from students attending the Meriden "Marinello School of Beauty" Brio Academy.
"There's no structure, there's no products, we don't have the tools here to be successful," said Sherry Bronson, student.
Students say they reached their tipping point and called News 8 when another teacher walked out because of a lackluster learning environment.
"Students are teaching students, I came for a teacher to teach students, that's what teaching is all about," said Joseph Pelkey, student.
"There's no teachers, for three months, we need to go out and find a teacher if we're on the floor and we have a client, to us, that's unprofessional," said Ashley Harris, student.
"You have to search for a teacher," asked News 8's Jamie Muro.
"Uh huh," replied Harris.
Students tell News 8 core classes needed to pass a state exam aren't being staffed, and janitorial work is even being performed.
One unidentified teacher walked up to the scene after her colleague walked out:
"She's gone. She's not coming back. You might be working Fridays and Saturdays," the students told their teacher.
"Oh, seven days a week now," the teacher replied.
"Oh, they're calling you in, don't get into trouble," the students said.
Applause erupted when we went in to get answers.
"Somebody is going to come out and speak to us," said Muro.
Yet, no one ever did. Students say they are paying anywhere from $18,000 to $20,000 a year, but the dream to graduate prepared is anything but stylish.
"I feel like I've gotten cheated, and I will never tell anybody to go here, ever again, never," said Pelkey.
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