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Offline Jay_Thomas

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School District Won't Allow Black Valedictorian
« on: July 27, 2011, 04:42:05 PM »
After four years of nearly straight-As, Honors and Advanced Placement classes, 18-year-old Kymberly Wimberly achieved the highest GPA at McGehee Secondary School southeast of Little Rock, Ark., according to a court complaint.

However, instead of awarding the student for her hard work and dedication, the school denied her the valedictorian status because she was black, claims the document filed by Wimberly's lawyer, John W. Walker.

According to the court document, this is not the first time this has happened in the school's history:

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"[The] defendant's actions were part of a pattern and practice of school administrators and personnel treating the African-American students less favorably than the Caucasian ones...Until Wimberly, the last African-American valedictorian in the McGeeHee school district was in 1989."

Although the high school is predominantly white, 46 percent of students are African-American.

Wimberly's mother, Molly Bratton, said in the federal discrimination complaint that after her daughter had been told she would be the class valedictorian, she heard whispers of discontent over her daughter's race.

According to an article in the Courthouse News Service and the court document itself, Bratton heard school personnel discussing that Wimberly's valedictorian status might cause a "big mess."

The next day, high school principal Darrell Thompson told the mother that he had decided to name a white student as "co-valedictorian," even though Wimberly had a higher GPA and a press release had already been sent out to the local paper naming her in the position.

Wimberly seeks punitive damages for violation of equal protection rights secured by the 14th amendment of the U.S. constitution.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/25/black-student-cant-be-val_n_909163.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003&icid=main|hp-desktop|dl1|sec3_lnk1|220142

SOMEBODY needs to tell these clowns that it is 2011, and NOT 1811.   :brickwall:


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Black Valedictorian Can't Be Top Student?
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2011, 04:58:17 PM »
Black Valedictorian Can't Be Top Student?
http://www.theroot.com/buzz/black-valedictorian-cant-be-top-student

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Kymberly Wimberly was the top student at McGehee Secondary School in Little Rock, Ark. As is customary, the school named her valedictorian. Shortly after, the school's principal, Darrell Thompson, appointed a white student with a lower grade point average as co-valedictorian to avoid a "big mess" at the majority white school.

For some reason, the principal thought this was acceptable, which is why Wimberly's mother is suing the school system. In the lawsuit, she also states that black students are discouraged from taking honors and Advanced Placement classes and that the school is discriminating against her daughter as valedictorian because Kymberly is a young mother. There hasn't been an African-American valedictorian at the school since 1989.

Is it 1911 or 2011? If a teen mother finishes school and at the top of the senior class, then she should be praised, not humiliated. Wimberly does actually have the highest GPA and has earned her place at the top of the class. Students and parents embarrassed that Wimberly is a young mother should be embarrassed that their kids presumably had less responsibility and still couldn't manage to be at the top of the class. Furthermore, to diminish this young girl's accomplishment by appointing a co-valedictorian with a lower GPA so that white students and their parents will not be mad is infuriating. So they're mad? So what. Let them be mad, deal with it and get over it.

Lastly, who is this principal? He should get an F in common sense and administration and be dismissed for making what appears to be multiple bad decisions resulting in this lawsuit. We've said it before and we'll say it again: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
« Last Edit: July 27, 2011, 05:04:35 PM by Bro. Askia Musa Afiba »

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Re: School District Won't Allow Black Valedictorian
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2011, 04:59:18 PM »
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Re: School District Won't Allow Black Valedictorian
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2011, 05:11:34 PM »
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Re: School District Won't Allow Black Valedictorian
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2011, 05:13:24 PM »
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Re: School District Won't Allow Black Valedictorian
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2011, 05:24:53 PM »
 :no: Who said that racism isn't alive and well?   :shrug: The struggle continues.  
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Re: School District Won't Allow Black Valedictorian
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2011, 05:26:27 PM »
McGehee Superintendent Thomas Gathen told Fox 16 he has not seen the lawsuit, but the situation has nothing to do with race. According to Gathen, the co-valedictorian took more courses than necessary, which brought down her GPA. Under school policy, extra courses cannot keep a student from becoming valedictorian. Gathen says with the extra courses dropped, both students had the same GPA.

http://www.fox16.com/news/local/story/Lawsuit-accuses-school-district-of-discrimination/NJwqKWHQHEaVNZ1YTHWDzg.cspx

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Re: School District Won't Allow Black Valedictorian
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2011, 05:29:24 PM »
Wow....How convenient?    ::)
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Re: School District Won't Allow Black Valedictorian
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2011, 07:31:17 PM »
EXACTLY!  :nod:
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Re: School District Won't Allow Black Valedictorian
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2011, 09:02:21 PM »
Pathetic  :no:
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Re: School District Won't Allow Black Valedictorian
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2011, 03:46:06 AM »
McGehee Superintendent Thomas Gathen told Fox 16 he has not seen the lawsuit, but the situation has nothing to do with race. According to Gathen, the co-valedictorian took more courses than necessary, which brought down her GPA. Under school policy, extra courses cannot keep a student from becoming valedictorian. Gathen says with the extra courses dropped, both students had the same GPA.

http://www.fox16.com/news/local/story/Lawsuit-accuses-school-district-of-discrimination/NJwqKWHQHEaVNZ1YTHWDzg.cspx

Okay, now this makes a little more sense. Though I don't doubt racism still exist my thinking is there is no way in hell in 2011 an administrator think he / she can get away with snatching a valedictorian title from a student simply because a student is Black.  

I am sure what happened is the school named ol' girl valedictorian and following either someone at the school discovered the mistake or the co-valedictorian or co-valedictorian parent's argued their case based on policy which is where the potential "mess" comes into play.  I do not think the mom has a case but looks like the school should have carefully reviewed records more closely before announcing titles especially if this has happened before. Got to be fair to all students.
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Re: School District Won't Allow Black Valedictorian
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2011, 10:26:55 AM »
McGehee Superintendent Thomas Gathen told Fox 16 he has not seen the lawsuit, but the situation has nothing to do with race. According to Gathen, the co-valedictorian took more courses than necessary, which brought down her GPA. Under school policy, extra courses cannot keep a student from becoming valedictorian. Gathen says with the extra courses dropped, both students had the same GPA.

http://www.fox16.com/news/local/story/Lawsuit-accuses-school-district-of-discrimination/NJwqKWHQHEaVNZ1YTHWDzg.cspx

Okay, now this makes a little more sense. Though I don't doubt racism still exist my thinking is there is no way in hell in 2011 an administrator think he / she can get away with snatching a valedictorian title from a student simply because a student is Black.  

I am sure what happened is the school named ol' girl valedictorian and following either someone at the school discovered the mistake or the co-valedictorian or co-valedictorian parent's argued their case based on policy which is where the potential "mess" comes into play.  I do not think the mom has a case but looks like the school should have carefully reviewed records more closely before announcing titles especially if this has happened before. Got to be fair to all students.

Totally AGREE... This all could have been avoided had things been properly handled before announcing anyone valedictorian of the class. They would have still had the co-valedictorians BUT the negative press and news surrounding this issue more than likely wouldn't have happened.

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Re: School District Won't Allow Black Valedictorian
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2011, 10:43:05 AM »
Well why offer the extra courses in the first place? :shrug:

When you take the extra courses you run the risk of your GPA dropping.....

It still sounds like a bunch of horse manure to me :no:
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Re: School District Won't Allow Black Valedictorian
« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2011, 10:43:52 AM »
McGehee Superintendent Thomas Gathen told Fox 16 he has not seen the lawsuit, but the situation has nothing to do with race. According to Gathen, the co-valedictorian took more courses than necessary, which brought down her GPA. Under school policy, extra courses cannot keep a student from becoming valedictorian. Gathen says with the extra courses dropped, both students had the same GPA.

http://www.fox16.com/news/local/story/Lawsuit-accuses-school-district-of-discrimination/NJwqKWHQHEaVNZ1YTHWDzg.cspx

What? That's nonsense...how does taking extra courses bring your GPA down - particularly if you got As in those courses?  :shrug: If you choose to take extra courses and don't manage to excel in them, whose fault is that?  :shrug:


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Re: School District Won't Allow Black Valedictorian
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2011, 12:50:18 PM »
What you do in the dark will reveal itself in the light. They can give this girl the co-valedictorian award today but the young sister will be so much further ahead in life down the road.

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