A black valedictorian from Mississippi is angry that she had to share her award with a white student.
In response, Jasmine Shepard, the black girl, is now suing the school district that oversees her high school, Cleveland High School.
According to reports, Shepard believes she deserved the award more than the white student.
“Prior to 2016, all of Cleveland High School’s valedictorians were white,” the recently filed lawsuit states. “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.”
Conservative Tribune reports:
The school district has a pretty good explanation for the shared title: Both students had identical grade point averages.
“As such, under school board policy, they were both named valedictorian of their graduating class,” Jamie Jacks, an attorney for the school district, explained. “The district’s policy is racially neutral and fair to students.”
Co-valedictorian honors for students with identical grades are fairly common in large schools. However, Sherry Shepherd, the mother of Jasmine, apparently believes that disagreeing with the school’s official GPA records makes them irrelevant.
“These children have been attending school with each other since middle school,” she said. “We know the schedule, we know what they take, and we have a good idea where the discrepancy lies.”
It is a shame that Shepard couldn’t just accept that another student deserved the award as much as her. If both students had identical GPAs, there is no reason why they can’t share the award.
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