A mother of a student Kila Posey told WSB-TV she met last year with the principal of Mary Lin Elementary School in Atlanta that she wanted a specific teacher for her child and what the principal told her was more than the woman could stand. Principal Sharyn Briscoe told the woman that she couldn’t do that because that teacher was teaching a classroom full of white students. As it turned out there were eight classes.
There were six classes with white students and two classes with Black students. The Black principal had decided to segregate the classes, possibly so the two classes of Black students could learn Critical Race Theory and possibly the 1619 project lessons as well.
“She said that’s not one of the black classes, and I immediately said, ‘What does that mean?’ I was confused. I asked for more clarification. I was like, ‘We have those in the school?’ And she proceeded to say that, ‘Yes. I have decided that I’m going to place all of the black students in two classes.'”
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“First, it was just disbelief that I was having this conversation in 2020 with a person that looks just like me — a black woman. It’s segregating classrooms. You cannot segregate classrooms. … You can’t do it.”
Posy says she has lost sleep trying to figure out why a Black principal would do such a thing. Posey told the station that she insisted that her child is in the same class as white students, but that Briscoe told her that her child would be isolated if she did that.
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The Poseys recorded a call with an assistant principal where they complained about the segregated classes. The administrator confirmed it was the principal’s decision and seemed to offer an explanation for why the classes were set up this way.
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In the end, Posey filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, WSB reported.
Posey’s attorney Sharese Shields told the station that the segregated classrooms at the elementary school are a violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Shields noted to WSB that the law states that “you cannot treat one group of people differently based upon race, and that is what is going on at Mary Lin.”