Amid a great deal of racial tension last year, one Atlanta elementary school allegedly segregated its students based on ethnicity at the behest of the principal, a black woman. (Screengrab image: Kila Posey, parent)
Kila Posey, whose daughter attended Mary Lin Elementary School, told WSB-TV that she met last year with Sharyn Briscoe, hoping to talk to the principal about whose classroom would be the best fit for her child.
When Posey suggested a certain teacher to Briscoe, she was told it wouldn’t be an option to place her daughter in that classroom. Confused by the comment, the mother pressed Briscoe, who said black students were in two separate classes with two separate teachers while white students were in six other classes with six different teachers.
Posey, who reportedly serves as vice president of operations for the local parent-teacher association, was dumbfounded by the revelation.
“She said, ‘That’s not one of the black classes,’ and I immediately said, ‘What does that mean?’” Posey recalled of her conversation with Briscoe. “I was confused. I asked for more clarification. I was like, ‘We have those in the school?’ And she proceeded to say that, ‘Yes, I have decided that I’m going to place all of the black students in two classes.’”
Posey went on to tell the local news outlet she has “lost sleep” over “trying to figure out why” anyone would support segregated classrooms.