A black mother is blasting her daughter’s Georgia elementary school for “segregating” African American students to give them “more opportunities” amid a series of controversies tied to critical race theory.
Kila Posey filed a federal discrimination complaint against Mary Lin Elementary School in Atlanta after learning that her daughter had been placed in a class only for black students.
The outraged mother told WSB-TV that principal Sharyn Briscoe, who is also black, informed her that students were being separated by race to give them more opportunities.
The school had two classes for black students and six for white students, Posey said.
Posey claims she only found out about the situation after the principal said her daughter couldn’t be placed in a certain teacher’s class.
“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, ‘Yes. I have decided that I’m going to place all of the black students in two classes,’” Posey said.
The mother said she insisted her daughter be placed in a white class but the principal said it meant the girl would be isolated.
“I explained to her she shouldn’t be isolated or punished because I’m unwilling to go along with your illegal and unethical practice,” Posey said.
The mother said she has “lost sleep” trying to work out why the school thought it was a good idea.
“It was just disbelief that I was having this conversation in 2020 with a person that looks just like me — a black woman,” Posey said.
“It’s segregating classrooms. You cannot segregate classrooms. You can’t do it.”
The Atlanta Public Schools district confirmed it had investigated the allegations made by Posey and that appropriate actions were taken.
A district spokesperson would not elaborate on what those actions were.
“Atlanta public schools does not condone the assigning of students to classrooms based on race,” a statement from the district said.
The district did not deny the allegations.
The Department of Education is running a separate investigation related to Posey’s discrimination complaint.
Race and the teaching of critical race theory in schools has increased tension in the US over the last year.
Much of the outrage is centered on concerns that children are being indoctrinated into believing that white people are inherently racist and that race plays a role in most or all social interaction.
In Virginia on Tuesday, a teacher broke down as she resigned in front of a Loudoun County School Board meeting because she was sick of pushing their “highly politicized agendas to our most vulnerable constituents.”
Laura Morris, who said she has taught at Lucketts Elementary School in Leesburg for five years, defiantly declared: “I quit your policies, I quit your training, and I quit being a cog in a machine that tells me to push highly politicized agendas to our most vulnerable constituents — children.”
The fifth-grade teacher claimed the school had previously asked her and other staffers not to spread dissenting views.
“Within the last year, I was in one of my so-called equity trainings that white, Christian, able-bodied females currently have the power in our schools and ‘this has to change,’” she told the board.
“Clearly, you’ve made your point. You no longer value me or many other teachers you’ve employed in this county. So since my contract outlines the power that you have over my employment in Loudoun County Public Schools, I thought it necessary to resign in front of you.”
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