Rihanna pays high school $5,000 for her late concert appearance
Rihanna has a bit of a rep for being late to her own shows, but in at least one case, she made amends with the crowd. The singer sent a suburban Chicago high school a check for $5,000 to cover her tardiness. Now she can avoid detention.
Barrington High Shool was the winner of the singer's "Shine Bright Like a Diamond" contest, making a video showing off their charity work and student activities, so RiRi wheaded there on March 22 for a quick concert. Unfortunately, that was the first day of their spring break, and she was more than four hours late, according to the regional Daily Herald newspaper.
"We're certainly gratified to receive a contribution from her," Barrington Unit District 220 spokesman Jeff Arnett told the paper. "Even though this $5,000 gift has been long in coming, her management communicated with us immediately after the event and said she wanted to do something for the students. It didn't take any coaxing or pleading by the district. It was something they offered to do, and it took a while to work through the book keeping process."
The Herald says some kids were still angry about the delay, even after learning of the donation, but teenagers don't like anything. About $2,000 of the donation will be going to pay for security and signage, while the rest will go to whatever schools spend their money on. We suggest electronic equipment that will jam student cellphones.