Beauty school students in limbo

PITMAN, N.J. - September 20, 201

After paying the bargain price of $4,500 for a course in hair styling, students are wondering what will happen now that all but one instructor has quit and the owner is nowhere to be found.

"We're here for a career not just to joke around and the fact that this isn't even a running operation is just ridiculous," student Morgan Supczenski said.

"Everyone in the school quit except for our teacher so there's no one left and no one hears from the owner," student Amy Moody said.

After JMJ's license to operate expired at the end of July state investigators began looking into operations at the school and possible criminal activity by owner Dana Kearney.

Yesterday, authorities tried to serve Kearney an arrest warrant out of Upper Merion on undisclosed charges but police say she managed to avoid them.

There was no answer at Kearney's Mullica Hill home today.

Because of what's been happening, students who've paid tuition are out of their money, out of school, and apparently out of luck.

"Now it's like where do we go? Most of us can't afford to go anywhere else. Tuitions at other schools are as high as $20,000," student Kelli Robb said.

"It was only $4,500, it was like too good to be true you know what I mean? And we all paid in full," student Nichole Wilson said.

The State Board of Cosmetology has not closed JMJ down. A consumer affairs spokesman says the beauty school has an extension until October to complete its license renewal.

But with only one teacher left who students say is not even being paid and no word from the owner about the future, the last classes will wrap up by Friday as students try to figure out what to do next and how to get their money back.

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