When Atlanta mother Kila Posey discovered her child’s elementary school was segregating classes based on race, she couldn’t believe it.
“We’ve lost sleep like trying to figure out why would a person do this,” Posey told local news station WSB-TV.
Posey, who filed a federal complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights against Mary Lin Elementary School, alleged that the school’s principal Sharyn Briscoe told her that segregation practices were in the best interest of students. Posey says the policy is a violation of 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 classrooms and white students into six different classrooms. Each classroom had a different teacher.
“First, it was just disbelief that I was having this conversation in 2020 with a person that looks just like me — a black woman. It’s segregating classrooms. You cannot segregate classrooms. You can’t do it,” Posey said.
The policy, which was put into place last year, allegedly denies black and white children the opportunity to co-learn in classrooms. According to Posey, when she contacted Briscoe to request a specific teacher for her daughter, she was shot down because the teacher’s classroom wasn’t for black students.
“She said that’s not one of the black classes, and I immediately said, ‘What does that mean?’ I was confused. I asked for more clarification. I was like, ‘We have those in the school?’ And she proceeded to say, ‘Yes. I have decided that I’m going to place all of the black students in two classes,’” Posey recalled.
When Posey insisted her child be placed in a classroom with white children, Briscoe said the child would be isolated. According to WSB-TV, in a recorded phone call, an assistant principal affirmed that segregation was the principal’s policy and tried to explain why the classes were structured that way.
“I just wish we had more black kids, and then some of them are in a class because of the services that they need,” the administrator told Posey.
Atlanta Public Schools released a statement confirming they had investigated the allegations but did not deny Posey’s claims.
“Atlanta public schools does not condone the assigning of students to classrooms based on race. The district conducted a review of the allegations. Appropriate actions were taken to address the issue and the matter was closed,” the statement read.
Mary Lin isn’t 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 embedded critical race theory into many curricula. Posey is one of the many concerned parents crusading against the racial indoctrination of children.