Jasmine Shepard was forced to share her honor of being school’s valedictorian with her white classmate.
The Daily News reports that Cleveland High School in Cleveland, Mississippi awarded Jasmine Shepard as well as her white classmate with the title of valedictorian. A lawsuit was immediately filed by the mother of Shepard for discrimination.
The lawsuit states:
“Prior to 2016, all of Cleveland High School’s valedictorians were white,” it says. “As a result of the school official’s unprecedented action of making an African-American student share the valedictorian award with a white student, the defendants discriminated against,” the suit says, according to the Washington Post.
The school, of course, stands its ground stating that the suit is “frivolous”, and the two students have similar grade point averages. The mother argues that the two students did not have the same grade point average:
“These children have been attending school with each other since middle school,” she said. “We know the schedule, we know what they take, and we have a good idea where the discrepancy lies.”
It turns out that this school’s district has had a bad history when it comes to racial issues. It was only last year that this school district desegrated which was the court’s order some 50 years ago. On top of that the school district still did not want to desegregate last year but ultimately would bend to the ruling of the judge.
Hopefully, once this case goes to trial we’ll be able to solve the real mystery. Who got salutatorian?
Source: NY Daily News