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- Barron Trump was not kicked out of his private school in West Palm Beach, Florida, a school spokesperson said.
On the same day the state of New York sued former President Donald Trump, accusing him of fraudulently overstating his assets, a Facebook post claimed his youngest son was removed from his private school over a failure to pay tuition.
"URGENT. Barron Trump has been KICKED OUT of school for fees, staggering amount they had to pay," the caption on a Sept. 21 Facebook post said.
The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
The post includes a four-minute video with what sounds like a computer-generated voice claiming it will reveal the "truth about his fees in school."
However, the video doesn’t mention fees. Instead, it talks about the now 16-year-old Barron changing schools following Trump’s loss in the 2020 presidential election and his subsequent move from Washington, D.C., to Florida.
A spokesman at Barron Trump’s school, Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida, told PolitiFact the claim wasn’t true.
Barron enrolled at Oxbridge Academy following his father’s 2020 move to his Mar-a-Lago estate in nearby Palm Beach.
The private school was founded in 2011 by billionaire William Koch, the youngest brother of Republican megadonors Charles and David Koch, as a place where academically gifted students could get an education regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds.
Tuition for the 2022-23 school year is $35,000, and financial aid and merit scholarships are available. Scott Siegfried, the school’s advancement director, confirmed Barron's enrollment.
"We are pleased to state that Barron Trump continues to attend Oxbridge Academy and is a member of the Class of 2024," Siegfried said.
Questions surrounding Donald Trump's wealth have followed him throughout his career, and he is known to have exaggerated his net worth.
A Facebook post claims Donald Trump’s youngest son, Barron, was kicked out of his school over a failure to pay tuition.
A spokesman for Oxbridge Academy, where Barron is enrolled, said he is still a student at the school.
We rate this claim False.
Facebook post, Sept. 21, 2022
The New York Times, "N.Y. Attorney General Accuses Trump of ‘Staggering’ Fraud in Lawsuit," Sept. 21, 2022
People, "Barron Trump Enrolls in Private School in Palm Beach After Family Leaves White House," Aug. 20, 2021
The New York Times, "Upheaval Amid ‘Alarming’ Revelations at William Koch’s Florida School," June 1, 2016
Oxbridge Academy, Tuition and Financial Aid, accessed Sept. 23, 2022
Email with Scott Siegfried, Oxbridge Academy director of advancement, Sept. 22, 2022
The New York Times, "For Trump, a Perilous Exclamation Point to Years of Wealth Inflation," Feb. 16, 2022
Forbes, WIlliam Koch, profile, accessed Sept. 23, 2022
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