Blast from the past: School hammered for separating black and white children

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An Atlanta school has been hit with a federal complaint for an elementary-school administration’s decision to segregate black children from white children and put them in different classes.

The Atlanta Black Star said the discrimination complaint was filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights by parent Kila Posey.

She explains the principal at Mary Lin Elementary School in Atlanta put a segregation policy in place “because she thought it was best for all students,” the report explained.

A commentary at Twitchy said, “This is one of those stories that we’d like to believe was misreported or misinterpreted somehow because it can’t be real. An Atlanta mom says she learned after requesting her child be placed with a particular teacher that her elementary school had divided students into two black classrooms and six white classrooms, and since her child is black, she’d be placed in a black classroom.”

Posey told WSB television, “We’ve lost sleep like trying to figure out why would a person do this.”

She allegations made by Posey and her lawyer, Sharese Shields, is that the school is in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The policy was installed by Principal Sharyn Briscoe, and Posey protested with, “It’s segregating classrooms. You cannot segregate classrooms. You can’t do it.”

School officials had rejected Posey’s request for a certain teacher for her daughter, explaining they had decided “to place all of the black students in two classes.”

Shields confirmed, “Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 says that you cannot treat one group of people differently based upon race, and that is what is going on at Mary Lin.”

In a recorded phone call with an assistant principal, the administrator told Posey that it was the principal’s idea to separate the students.

The school district already has said it does not “condone” the segregation and has taken action to “address” it.

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