On November 14, an investigation in an Atlanta public school ensued after a student’s mom filed a civil rights complaint. Kila Posey, a mother of two, filed the complaint against Mary Lin Elementary School over a year ago. But the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights just launched a federal investigation into the school.
In a CNN Interview, Posey, a black woman, claimed Principal Sharyn Briscoe, also a black woman, had been segregating black children into certain classrooms. Posey says she requested that her daughter be placed in a certain teacher’s classroom and inadvertently discovered that 2 out of 6 Second grade classrooms had been set apart for black students.
Posey says the Principal notified her that the class she wanted for her child was not one of the ones set apart for black students and that her child would be isolated in the requested class. Posey was stunned by the Principal’s admission,
“First, it was just disbelief that I was having this conversation in 2020 with a person that looks just like me — a black woman,” Posey continued, “It’s segregating classrooms. You cannot segregate classrooms. You can’t do it.”
A black family has filed a federal complaint against Mary Lin Elementary (@APSLinRockets) after it was discovered the principal had been segregating the students based on race. Operating on CRT, school believed black kids would do better without whites. pic.twitter.com/0wcbr19UnJ
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Posey said she insisted that her child be place in a classroom that had white kids in it as well.
Posey’s attorney said that what is taking place inside Mary Lin Elementary is a” violation of Title Six of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 says that you can not treat one group of people differently based upon race, and that is what’s going on at Mary Lin.”
Ian Smith, the head of the Atlanta Public Schools’ Office of Communications and Public Engagement, said the school had corrected the issue and that the matter was closed, likely hoping the violation would be forgotten,
“Atlanta Public Schools does not condone the assigning of students to classrooms based on race,” said Smith.
On August 29, 2022, Posey filed a second complaint against the district. Posey stated that she was fired from her position as an after-school care provider for the district. According to Posey, the termination was a “retaliation for raising the issue of segregation.”