A black Mississippi high school graduate sued her school district this week after being forced to share valedictorian status with a white student who had a lower GPA.
Jasmine Shephard, a 2016 graduate of Cleveland High School, filed the lawsuit against her Mississippi school district, The Washington Post reported Friday.
The school named Shephard and the white student “co-valedictorians” the day before graduation, the lawsuit claims.
“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 alleges . . .
The Mississippi school district denied the allegations, calling the lawsuit “frivolous.” Both students had the same GPA, Jamie Jacks, an attorney for the district, wrote. (Read more from “Black Student Shares Valedictorian Status With White Student, Sues School” HERE)