As a high school graduate, if you worked hard in all your classes, studied and got really good grades you could possible graduate with honors. You may even graduate at the top of your high school class with honors such as being your high school valedictorian or salutatorian. That would be a great honor to any one to achieve that regardless if you are white or black.
After achieving the valedictorian award of your high school class, you’ve gone on to a high-ranked college where you are continuing your success. It’s a whole year after your high school graduation, so you have probably moved on to some new friends from your new school and are looking forward to your future successes. Right? Wrong!
Instead of celebrating the accomplishment, this high school graduate just made a sick move against the school district: She’s suing the school because she had to share the graduation stage with a white girl, who also earned a co-valedictorian title.
Say what? That’s right! Rather than appreciate her success and move on, she would rather focus on the past and sue the school where she earned her high school diploma and the distinguished honor of co-valedictorian. However, because she had to SHARE the award with, of all people, a WHITE girl, SHE doesn’t think it’s fair…In fact she thinks it’s racism.
H/T Conservative Tribune:
According to The Washington Post, Jasmine Shepard graduated from Cleveland High School in Mississippi last spring. Both she and a white student were given co-valedictorian honors, but Shepard and her family are still bitter about the shared title even a year later.
“Prior to 2016, all of Cleveland High School’s valedictorians were white,” the recently filed lawsuit states. “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 school district has a pretty good explanation for the shared title: Both students had identical grade point averages.
“As such, under school board policy, they were both named valedictorian of their graduating class,” Jamie Jacks, an attorney for the school district, explained. “The district’s policy is racially neutral and fair to students.”
Co-valedictorian honors for students with identical grades are fairly common in large schools. However, Sherry Shepherd, the mother of Jasmine, apparently believes that disagreeing with the school’s official GPA records makes them irrelevant.
“These children have been attending school with each other since middle school,” she said. “We know the schedule, we know what they take, and we have a good idea where the discrepancy lies.”
Shepherd and the lawsuit are demanding a cash payout for “monetary damages” from the school district. More shocking, however, is the lawsuit’s demand that the white student be stripped of her honors, so that Jasmine Shepard can be declared “sole valedictorian.”
The sad reality is that the student and her family would likely not be suing the school district if the co-valedictorian happened to also be black.
If the GPA numbers are in fact the same — a fact that is presumably easy to confirm — then it seems that the lawsuit is designed to punish a high-achieving student for daring to be white.
The fact that the lawsuit was recently filed an entire year after the graduation took place adds additional pettiness to the case.
A year after being named valedictorian, a student should be focused on their future, such as attending college or pursuing a career.
Instead of celebrating accomplishments, however, the lawsuit filers seem to be bitter about skin color. Stripping a well-earned valedictorian title from a white student is no better than doing so based on dark skin.
The simple fact is that treating a white person differently because of her race is just as bad as if the reverse were true.
Is THIS really what equality is about? A year after some young black lady earns an honor, she has to strip the young white lady of the same honor AND on top of that SUE the district where she received the honor…all because of race? Seriously?