Target: Hunter College High School Principal Dr. Tony Fisher
Goal: Return high school donation from corrupt pharmaceutical CEO who gouged the prices of life-saving drugs.
This past March, Hunter College High School accepted a one million dollar donation from pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli. Since then, Shkreli has been arrested on charges of security and wire fraud for using money from his first company, Retrophinto, to pay off hedge fund investors.
His arrest comes months after a price gouging scandal, which raised the price of 62-year-old drug Daraprim by 5000%. Daraprim treats the potentially fatal parasitic infection Toxoplasmosis that’s often associated with HIV. The overnight price hike affected the treatment of patients all over the United States.
Amid this controversy, Shkreli further tarnished his reputation by responding negatively to critics and stating he regretted not raising the price of the drug even higher. Since his arrest, non-profit group Community Solutions has returned a $15,000 donation made by Shkreli and several students and alumni of Hunter College High School have stepped forward to suggest their one million dollar donation be returned as well.
Though the money could be used positively, its return will send an important message to Shkreli and others like him. In addition to not graduating from HCHS, Shkreli has made no other contributions to the New York City high school. Please sign this petition and urge Hunter College High School principal Dr. Tony Fisher to return Martin Shkreli’s one million dollar donation to send the message to men like Shkreli that corporate greed is no longer acceptable.
Dear Dr. Fisher,
In March of 2015, Hunter College High School received a large monetary donation from Martin Shkreli. Well known for his greed and poor conduct, it is no surprise he has recently been arrested and charged with security and wire fraud. These funds could tarnish the school’s credibility as well as serve Mr. Shkreli’s personal agenda.
Several of your students and alumni have stepped forward saying they believe the money should be returned. I urge you to consider returning Mr. Shkreli’s donation not only to send a message to Mr. Shkreli but also to preserve your school’s stellar reputation. Though the money received may be put to good use, it will be more valuable to your institution to demonstrate honor and integrity.
[Your Name Here]
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