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Parents asked not to bother Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

09/27/2007 at 12:26 AM ET

Maddox_jolie_pittmr_fp_149428Officials at Lycee Francais de New York asked the parents of current students to leave Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt alone as they go about their day. The Upper East Side school, attended by 6-year-old Maddox Jolie-Pitt, issued a plea asking parents to not to request autographs or photos when Angelina and Brad are picking up or dropping off their son. The Director of Operations, Dan Cooke, explained several parents caused an awkward scene in the past.

I’m sure you are aware the school has received much media attention recently during the arrival and dismissal times because of the presence of celebrities Ms. Angelina Jolie and/or Mr. Brad Pitt. I want to make you aware that before the first day of school I met with their security team to discuss the best manner in which for them to drop off and pick up their son. Our foremost goal was to cause the least amount of disruption to the school and to ensure the security of all of our students and families.

Regretfully, I have seen some parents taking pictures, asking for autographs, talking to the media and even shouting at Ms. Jolie and Mr. Pitt for recognition. Therefore, in the best interests of the school and safety of your child(ren) I must ask for everyone to please respect the family’s privacy and discontinue these practices.

Angelina and Brad also agreed to take steps to disrupt the school day as little as possible.

Source: NY Observer

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Lorus on

That’s sad that the school actually had to issue that notice to the other parents. Everyone should know that taking their kids to school is off limits just as walking up and asking for an autograph while they are eating a meal is.

Sami on

Wow, that really reflects poorly on the parents that the school had to issue a statement like that.

preesi on

Most Ang and Brad fan sites refuse to purchase and show pics of Mad going to school.

chatty cricket on

But honestly? When they both pop out of the chauffeur driven SUV for the photo op, walking Maddox in through the front door? They’ve got to know that’s going to cause a scene and be disruptive when they do it EVERY DAY.

Can you imagine what a nightmare it is to try and drop your own non-celebrity child off at the same time the Jolie-Pitts are rolling up? I’d imagine the frenzy even gets dangerous for the other kids.

Nausicaa on

PARENTS are taking pictures!? As parents, I’d expect them to have some empathy for Angelina and Brad! How would they like it if they can’t so much as pick up their kids from school without cameras going off left and right!? I’d like to see how they’d react if paparazzi started following them around! For goodness sakes, they just taking their kids to school, then picking them up. Nothing to get excited about. Hardly a Kodak moment.

amylamy on

chattycricket – i read on another blog yesterday (popsugar i think) that brad and angelina had agreed to stagger the times that they drop off and pick up maddox, to try and cause the least disruption to the other parents picking up and dropping off their kids. i’m sure it’s still a circus, but at least they’re trying to make it as easy as possible for everyone else. i also read that angelina peronally apologized to a group of parents for the chaos. at least they’re trying!

levnette on

i think they’re just like normal parents who wants to sent their kid to school. i’d rather have my parents than bodyguards or nannies sending me to school. but with this two, they can never win. i think they are great parents!

FC on

Seems like the children at the school have more respect than their own parents, if they’re the ones seeking photographs and autographs. I mean, come on. I know they’re celebs, but at the end of the day they are still like everyone else– human beings who have lives to live, children who go to school just like everyone else.

I just wouldn’t want to disrupt them at that time, not when they’re just trying to drop their son off to school. At least the school is trying to do something about the parents.

Me on

Good, I’m glad that Brad and Angie have agreed to do something about the disruption they are causing. I read somewhere the other day that there is a “secret” side entrace that they sometimes use.. so with all of the commotion going on, why didn’t they just bother using that entrance from the beginning?

J.M. on

I certainly can’t imagine having a kid in the same class as Maddox. I mean going to PTA meetings would actually be fun! Most parents roll into the classroom like they just rolled out of bed. I’d have to make sure I actually looked half decent knowing I could bump into one of them LOL.

Kidding aside I think the parents of the children should have some courtesy. But so should the paparazzi, I mean how many photos do they need of Brad and Angie dropping of the kids?! Children deserve education without the disruption so shame on the paparazzi for being so careless (but we all know for them greed comes before kindness).

Bea on

How could them getting out of the car to drop of Maddox everyday be the best solution the school security came up with?

Berjoui on

I’m a parent living in Manhattan who has seen plenty of celebrities with their kids at local playgrounds and I have NEVER bothered or approached them and only engage in conversation if they start it. These people are just trying to raise their kids as normally as they can and they have every right to bring them to and from school or visit parks or anything else without being harrassed by people since the paparazzi already does a fine job of that. They realize that’s the life they signed up for and they deal with it the best way they can but other parents should respect them and not contribute to the chaos.

ma74 on

You can’t do anything against paparazzi.They will take picture forever. But I can’t believe parents are actually doing this.They should think about both their kids and Maddox’s safety.Have some respect for these people.

Autumn on

Yeah the parents should leave the Jolie-Pitts alone and just let the kids be kids.

Anyway, Maddox’s school must be quite the school. I found the school’s website and according to the menu calendar, some of the items they’ve served in lunches include: Wild Mushroom Ravioli, Dijon Crusted Pollack, Seared Filet of Salmon, Herbed New Potatoes, Sauteed Spinach w/Garlic & Olive Oil, Pasta Fagioli Soup, Roasted Plum Tomatoes, Steamed Herb Orzo, Fresh Cod w/Tartar sauce, Steamed Broccoli, Couscous, Barley Soup, Roasted Beef Aujus, Roasted Codfish w/Tomatoes Basil Caulis, Sauteed Zuchini w/Roasted Red Peppers, Consomme with Vegetables, etc.

Wow, is that a school cafeteria or a French Restaurant? Anyone hungry yet?

Carrie Jo on

I can’t believe Brad & Angelina are getting blamed for the circus that surrounds them. Why do people have to act like such idiots around them, or any celebrities for that matter? It’s not their fault that so many people have no class. They have every right to make some attempt at a normal life.

I like hearing updates about celebrities’ lives and love pics of the babies, but I don’t need to see pics of every single moment of their lives and neither does any one else. The paparazzi really need to back off.

TDevol on

Why shouldn’t they pull up and drop their child off like everyone else? Just because they are celebrities does not mean that they don’t want to be there to get their kid out of the car and walk him into school. I think it is ridiculous to assume that they should use a side entrance or stagger the time. They pay to go to that school as well and should have every right to drop off their child, hassle free like everyone else. The school should demand the paps stay off of school property. They can get those photos with long lenses. And as for the other parents asking for autographs, that is just obscene.

C on

I always heard how crazy the paps and “fans” were when they dropped Madd off to school but I never imagined it was as crazy as it is until I saw TMZ yesterday. I can’t believe people act that way!

TMZ did show a side entrance where AJ & Brad took Maddox but I’m sure people will now be waiting there as well since TMZ showed where it was.

D. on

Wow, I thought people in NYC were blase about celebrities and stuff, and pretty much left them alone. To have parents actually acting like the paparazzi and over-zealous fans cannot be good for Maddox! I also went to the school’s web-site, wow, looks classy and upper-class, which makes me wonder what’s going on with those parents that are going around taking pictures and yelling out to the Jolie-Pitts.

As for the Jolie-Pitts using secret entrances or trying to avoid certain times of the day to not disrupt things for other parents and children, that kind of refutes their attempts to try and be as normal as they can with Maddox. Maddox probably feels different already, and to be forced to sneak in and out of school would only add to what looks like an already unomfortable situation.

Laurie on

How do you think this letter got into the hands of the NY Observer? You don’t think one of those poor parents gave a copy to the media, did they? No, not the parents. They’re obviously way to mature to do something like that!!! (/snark)

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If Brad and Angelina were the ones bothering the other parents so much, then the other parents would be the ones asking the school to do something. Instead, it’s the school telling the parents to back off. If the parents were so bothered by Brad and Angelina’s appearance, do you think they would be lining up and screaming their names? Do you think they would bother talking to the media? Do you think they would be reaching out with their camera phones taking pictures?

Obviously, the parents don’t seem that bothered by the scene THEY are causing if they are doing all these things.

If someone told me I shouldn’t be allowed to drop off my child at school because the other parents were acting like immature and classless adults, then I’d tell them where to take their advice.

Rachel on

“Anyway, Maddox’s school must be quite the school. I found the school’s website and according to the menu calendar, some of the items they’ve served in lunches include: Wild Mushroom Ravioli, Dijon Crusted Pollack, Seared Filet of Salmon, Herbed New Potatoes, Sauteed Spinach w/Garlic & Olive Oil, Pasta Fagioli Soup, Roasted Plum Tomatoes, Steamed Herb Orzo, Fresh Cod w/Tartar sauce, Steamed Broccoli, Couscous, Barley Soup, Roasted Beef Aujus, Roasted Codfish w/Tomatoes Basil Caulis, Sauteed Zuchini w/Roasted Red Peppers, Consomme with Vegetables, etc.”

Lol… I think if I was a kid that age I’d be thinking “Where are the chicken nuggets and french fries… and what about the pizza!?!”

I mean honestly now, I’m nearly 25 and I’ve never even heard of Consomme, and frankly I don’t think I’m missing out all that much!

Voiceofreason on

Autumn – that sounds like a great menu! ALL people should be eating like that, especially kids. Junk food and packaged processed food is the scourge of this modern western society.

I think the food served in most schools is appalling, made by corporations who care about their profit than actually nourishing people. Check out Jamie Oliver’s campaign about school dinners in the UK. In the show he shows what actually gets put in the “turkey twizlers” You’d freak.

Back to the topic at hand. the thing is, places like this blog etc publish these photos of them taking their kids to school and hell people like me see it and look. If we didn’t have anyone publishing it, then they wouldn’t need to be hounded. I feel sorry for their kids, they never asked to be stalked by papps. I think in some regards they should just do what Brce and Demi did – move to idaho or stay in NOLA or just go to out of the way places with their kids to raise them.

A different person on

I agree with Carrie Jo.

DUH on

Good, I’m glad that Brad and Angie have agreed to do something about the disruption they are causing. I read somewhere the other day that there is a “secret” side entrace that they sometimes use.. so with all of the commotion going on, why didn’t they just bother using that entrance from the beginning?

Posted by: Me at Sep 27, 2007 1:29:22 PM

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THAT OTHER DOOR IS A DOOR THAT LEADS INTO THE SCHOOL FROM THE AREA BEHIND THE SCHOOL WHERE THE SCHOOL HAS GYM AND PE ACTIVITIES.

SO IF IT IS IN USE THAT DOOR CANNOT BE USED. UNDERSTAND?? BRAD AND ANGELINA CAN USE THAT DOOR ONLY SOMETIMES. UNDERSTAND?? THEY ALSO VARY THE TIME THEY BRING AND PICK UP MADDOX ALSO.

Autumn on

Rachel, lol, I do know what you mean, although they did have some of that too…I just didn’t include it on the list I made. ;)

Voiceofreason, yes I know what you mean and I totally agree that everyone should be able to eat gourmet meals even at school. The main problem is that most schools (especially financially tight ones) in the US esp. can’t afford to feed the kids like that every day, unless they want the kids’ lunches to cost $12.50-$20.00 a day! As well most of the cafeteria cooks they have at most schools probably don’t know how to cook some of the items on Maddox’s school’s menu.

Plus, sadly, if given the choice some kids wouldn’t want to try foods with “funny” names or in an unprocessed form because they just haven’t been exposed to it yet.

So I aguess at the moment the quality of the school provided lunch at your child’s school is dependant upon what you’re willing or able to pay. (I guess, if you want your child to have a posh school lunch, then you’ll have to end them to a posh school…or “do something” about your school cafeteria so they don’t have to rely on govt issue cheese & so forth.)

Di on

The Jolie-Pitts are in an unfortunate situation. In an ideal world Brad/Angelina would be able to take their child to school without an ounce of paparazzi attention and once inside the school, all the other parents would treat them like anyone else.
As long as the paps are on public property there is nothing the school or Brad/Angelina can do about it. Secondly, in terms of the parents, I would like to think that if I came into contact with world famous celebrities I would remain cool and calm but who knows? I am sure the other parents are simply star struck but once they get used to seeing Brad/Angelina every day, I’m sure they’ll calm down. There is a certainly a huge down side to fame but on the other hand Brad and Angelina’s wealth and fame has provided their children with a life they certainly would not have had otherwise and they are able to lend the fame/name to a worthy causes. Brad and Angelina have to take the good with the bad. Otherwise they should quit their careers and move to some remote location.
Think about the other parents. Their quiet prestigious school has now turned into a media circus. Can you imagine having to go through the gauntlet of media and fans just to drop off/pick up your kids. It seems like the inconvenience is going both ways.

Nausicaa on

Does anyone else remember that incident when a paparazzi jumped a fence at Maddox’s school and scared some kids? I’d be no less than ferocious if that were my kid!

J.M. on

LOL at the food menu. And in response to Voice of reason- it’s not always up the school to provide lunches when parents are very much capable of packing a “healthy” lunch. And in some schools (mostly catholic) they don’t even serve lunches! The kids are required to provide their own! It just depends on the school. The school I went to did have a few healthier food options but they’ve actually improved since I’ve been out. Schools in my area are not allowed to provide anything but Milk or juice with the lunches and veggies or fruits as a side. So for some it is getting better but like Autumn said it’s not always affordable for the school (or the parents of students) to be able to provide all the necessary healthy meals for the children. If your want to make sure you kid is eating properly then keep the extra $2.00 a week and pack your own! But then again you can’t control the fact that your kid may trade his nutri grain bar for a pudding cup!! :-)

Frenzy on

im in that french school and i can guarantee you that there are no problems for Brad and AJ taking maddox to school,except one day when some parents took pictures! And their secret entrance works very well, not any paparazzi can get them there! :P I still can’t imagine that i see them everyday! But they are normal human beeings and we let them live their lives. When we pass by them, we’re just lucky but we don’t follow them everywhere!

Frenzy on

“Lol… I think if I was a kid that age I’d be thinking “Where are the chicken nuggets and french fries… and what about the pizza!?!”

omg Laurie whats your problem making coments about our menu, we’re french, not americans that eat junk like chicken nuggets. If you don’t like that well it’s your problem so stop telling shit about the french school.

crystaltraillpn on

Although I’m not a fan of the Jolie-Pitts (I’m still Team Aniston after all these years), I do have respect for these 2 after reading this article. They are both HUGE celebrities but they choose to try to maintain some sort of normalcy in their kids’ lives, i.e. picking up AND dropping their kids off every day themselves (not nannies or bodyguards) as well as walking them into the school.
Also, Angelina apologized to the school and parents about the circus out front of the school caused by she and Brad trying to be normal. Could y’all imagine having to hold a press conference to apologize for something you do every day?
Don’t even get me started about the stupid paparazzi! KIDS ARE OFF LIMITS. PERIOD. THE KIDS DID NOT ASK FOR THAT LIFESTYLE. LEAVE THEM ALONE.
I apologize for being so long-winded! :)

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