Black student who was forced to share valedictorian status with white student sues school

Black student who was forced to share valedictorian status with white student sues school
Jasmine Shephard (Image via Pinterest)

[Ed. – See if you can wrap your head around this latest ‘outrage.’ The theory of the plaintiff’s case seems to be that if you are selected for an honor that was also accorded to someone else, you can claim discrimination on the grounds that you were not the sole recipient. One can only hope that there’s no court in the land that will hear such an idiotic argument.]

A black high school graduate has filed a lawsuit against her school after she was forced to share valedictorian status with a white student whose grades were allegedly lower.

Jasmine Shephard, a 2016 graduate of Cleveland High School in Mississippi, sued her school district last week, The Washington Post reported, claiming she was discriminated against on the basis of her race.

The lawsuit suggests the school decided that Shephard and the white student share the valedictorian title, despite the white student having lower grades – a claim the school district denies.

The lawsuit demands an unknown amount of money and wants the school to declare Shephard the only valedictorian.

“Prior to 2016, all of Cleveland High School’s valedictorians were white. 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 lawsuit claims.

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