After learning that her daughter’s Atlanta elementary school was dividing pupils based on race, an Atlanta mother filed a federal lawsuit against the school.
Parent Kila Posey alleges the principal of Mary Lin Elementary School, a K-5 school in the Atlanta Public Schools system, implemented a segregation policy because she thought it was beneficial for all students in a discrimination complaint filed with the US Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.
“We’ve lost sleep trying to figure out why someone would do this,” Posey told WSB, a local television station. The policy, according to Posey and her attorney Sharese Shields, is a violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Last year, Posey learned that the elementary school will divide black students into two classrooms, each with two instructors, and white students into six classrooms, each with six teachers.
When Principal Sharyn Briscoe allegedly implemented the policy last year, Posey objected. Posey explained, “First, it was just incredulity that I was having this conversation in 2020 with someone who looks exactly like me — a Black woman.” “It’s dividing classrooms. Classrooms cannot be separated. You’re not going to be able to do it.”
According to the school website, Posey, who is vice president of operations for the parent-teacher association, first learned about the split after contacting Briscoe to request that her daughter be placed in a certain classroom with a specific teacher. Briscoe responded it wouldn’t work since the teacher’s classroom wasn’t designed for Black pupils, according to Posey.
“When she mentioned that wasn’t one of the Black classes, I asked, ‘What does that mean?’ I was perplexed. I inquired for more information. ‘Do we have those at school?’ I wondered. She then went on to reply, ‘Yes.’ “I’ve decided to divide all of the Black students into two classes,” Posey explained.
“Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 says that you cannot treat one set of people differently depending on race, and that is exactly what is happening at Mary Lin,” Shields adds.
Posey fought to keep her kid out of a segregated classroom. Posey stated, “I emphasized to her that she shouldn’t be ostracized or punished because I refuse to go along with your illegal and unethical activity.”
Posey and an assistant principal spoke on the phone, and the administrator acknowledged that the separation of the pupils was the principal’s decision.
“I just wish we had more Black kids,” the administrator stated, adding that some of them are in a class because of the services they require.
“Atlanta public schools does not condone the assignment of students to classrooms based on race,” the district said in a statement to WSB-TV. The charges were investigated by the district. The problem was addressed appropriately, and the case was closed.”
Briscoe and the administrators, according to Posey, should be fired for enabling the segregation system to exist.
The matter is currently being investigated by the US Department of Education.
This News Was Originally reported on AtlantaBlackStar.com