Black Student Sues District After Salutatorian Title Was Given To White Student With Lower GPA
A Black student who attended a high school in Cleveland, Mississippi, has filed a lawsuit against her school district and its officials. She alleges a white student was named salutatorian even though she had a higher grade point average.
The filing, which was made in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi April 26, says Olecia James, 18, discovered her GPA would be lowered two weeks before newly integrated Cleveland Central High School’s graduation in May 2018. James, the lawsuit said, would have the quality points she had earned from courses she had taken at historically Black East Side High School, which shuttered in 2016, reduced. Meanwhile, the same average taken from the white student was not lowered based on his classes at Cleveland Central, which was previously the all-white high school before the federally ordered integration — one the school initially fought against out of fear of white students leaving — i