Parent Sues Atlanta School, Alleging Principal Separated Students by Race

Libby | August 12, 2021

The mother of an elementary student in Atlanta filed a discrimination suit against her child’s school for allegedly segregating classes based on race.

After asking for her child to be moved to another classroom at Mary Lin Elementary School, Atlanta mother Kila Posey found out that the school’s principal was segregating students into classrooms based on race.

Posey, a black mother, reached out to the principal of the elementary school in hopes of getting her child’s classroom assignment switched.

She then alleges that she was notified by the principal, Sharilyn Briscoe, that her child would be “isolated” because it wasn’t a “black class,” The Daily Wire reported.

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

Now, Posey is hoping for justice, filing a discrimination complaint against the elementary school with the U.S. Department of Education.

In the complaint, she alleges that the school violated Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, outlawing discrimination based on race, color, and natural origin in federally funded programs such as schools.

“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 said. “It’s segregating classrooms. You cannot segregate classrooms. You can’t do it.”