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Driving dreams delayed as school abruptly closes

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Posted at 9:25 PM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 03:40:23-04

PERRY HALL, Md. — The Perry Hall Driving School has suddenly shut down without letting parents or students know.

Teen drivers and their parents are now $300 in the hole, and they don't know when they will be able to get their licenses.

A staple since the 70s—the school helped give hundreds of young people the keys to the road

Kristen Lazarek trusted the school that is now leaving her 18-year-old daughter and her classmates in the dark.

A neighbor who also had a student at the school told Lazarek that the school had randomly closed down.

“I’m like oh no that can’t be the case like we would have gotten some type of notification or what not,” Lazarek said. “So, I go ahead and I call the phone number I have down listed for the school, and the phone number is disconnected, okay maybe I have the number wrong let’s look it up on google. Look up the website, website is taken down.”

No texts or emails, and all she could find was the school’s Facebook page that was starting to get littered with complaints but no answers.

“Parents dropping their kids off at the school expecting them to have class and then getting a phone call from their kids half an hour later going there is nobody answering the door there is nobody here. I don’t know what’s going on.”

A spokesperson with the Motor Vehicle Administration said they met with the owners to receive student data.

The MVA spokesperson said they are working to help students with information on transferring to a new school or to get a refund.

“At this point we have to be able to find another school that’s going to be able to do those two drive times,” said Lazarek. “Hopefully we will be able to speak with the school and let them know that she just needs those drive times, she doesn’t need the full course and everything.”

WMAR-2 News talked to a spokesperson with the Maryland Attorney General’s Office who encouraged people to make a complaint by calling (410) 528-8662.