The school said it was against their kaupapa.
"I am, always have been, and always will be utterly opposed to prejudice, discrimination and hate speech."
Children get a nutritious meal while inmates gain qualifications and skills.
There's hope the idea could lead to bigger things.
"I am amazed at the lack of respect us teenagers have received," writes 17-year-old Danica Sheward
It follows concerns of 'stigmatisation'.
The 51-year-old was responsible for the school's core financial duties.
"Our model serves developing the whole entire family, strengthening the whanau."
"It is very much tied to our identity as New Zealanders."
Hundreds are sitting on a waiting list.
One group has no confidence in the school's principal, but another is supporting him.
"It's frustrating because you spend the whole time explaining the task overdoing the task."
Those who attend schools where it's on the curriculum are the "lucky" ones.
"We came here, it shut down, we can't trust them."
Hundreds of students are in limbo after the Kiwi Institute of Training and Education shut down.
"That's a really difficult thing to deal with."
"I can't force him to go there because it would be assault."