Mom files complaint alleging racial segregation at daughter’s school

by | Aug 13, 2021 | Latest, Social Justice | 0 comments

Atlanta mother files federal civil rights complaint against school, which she claims has racial segregation. On CNN, Kia Posey alleged that the Mary Lin Elementary School made class placement decisions “based on [the] race of the students.” 

Cathy Posey explained to Principal Sharyn Briscoe that she wanted to place her daughter into a class with a respectful teacher. Her request was, unfortunately, denied right away. 

“She told me that was not one of the Black classes, and I asked her, ‘What does that mean?’?WSB-TV reported Posey’s confusion. “I asked for more information. I was like, “We have those at our school?” She responded, “Yes.”. “I have decided to divide the Black students into two classes.”.” 

[The principal] designated the Black classes without the knowledge or consent of the families of the affected Black students, according to the complaint that was filed with the Department of Education. The teacher, instead of considering the best interest of Black students, confined them to only the classes she deemed appropriate. White students, on the other hand, were free to enroll in any of six other second-grade classes. 

Posey further claimed that the assistant principal who knew about the segregation explained Briscoe’s choice by the absence of Black students at the school. In Atlanta, a mother calls for an end to segregation in classrooms as well as the removal of “the entire management team at Mary Lin. 

Having instituted this discriminatory practice and engaged in retaliatory acts, the administrators have demonstrated poor professional judgement, she wrote. I therefore believe they should not have a say in deciding the education of my child or any other child.” 

The head of the Atlanta Public Schools’ Office of Communications and Public Engagement announced that he was investigating the complaint upon learning about it. 

CNN quoted Ian Smith as saying that appropriate measures were taken to address the issue and that the matter was closed. “Atlanta Public Schools do not condone the assignment of students to classrooms based on their race.” 

The principal, however, stuck to her decision, tried to get Posey’s husband transferred to another school, and even threatened to cut off Posey’s services to the school. 

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