When Atlanta mother Kila Posey found out that her child’s elementary school separated classes based on race, she was shocked.
âWe lost sleep like trying to figure out why a person would do this,â Posey told local news station WSB-TV.
Posey, who filed a federal complaint with the United States Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights against Mary Lin Elementary School, alleged that the school principal, Sharyn Briscoe, told him that the segregation practices were in the best interest of the students. Posey says the policy violates Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race.
After a revealing conversation with Briscoe, Posey learned that the school separated black students into two different classes and white students into six different classes. Each class had a different teacher.
âFirst of all, it was just disbelief to have this conversation in 2020 with someone who looks like me – a black woman. It is the segregation of classes. You cannot separate classes. You can’t do it, âPosey said.
The policy, which was put in place last year, would deny black and white children the opportunity to co-learn in classrooms. According to Posey, when she contacted Briscoe to ask for a specific teacher for her daughter, she was shot because the teacher’s class was not for black students.
âShe said it wasn’t one of the black classes, and I immediately said, ‘What does that mean?’ I was confused. I asked for more details. I was like, ‘We have them at school?’ And she started to say, ‘Yes. I decided to put all the black students in two classes, âPosey recalls.
When Posey insisted that her child be placed in a classroom with white children, Briscoe said the child would be isolated. According to WSB-TV, in a taped phone call, a deputy principal claimed that segregation was the principal’s policy and attempted to explain why classes were structured this way.
âI just wish we had more black kids, and then some of them are in a class because of the services they need,â the administrator told Posey.
Atlanta Public Schools released a statement confirming that they had investigated the allegations but did not deny Posey’s claims.
âAtlanta public schools do not tolerate the assignment of students to classrooms based on their race. The district has conducted a review of the allegations. Appropriate steps have been taken to resolve the issue and the case has been closed, âthe statement said.
Mary Lin is not the first school to divide students based on race or income. Across the country, public schools have re-enacted racist policies in the name of “diversity” and have heavily incorporated critical race theory into many curricula. Posey is one of many concerned parents on a crusade against the racial indoctrination of children.