It turned out to be too much for the school. And that’s why the school awarded another student with lower GPA the title of “co-valedictorian”, the student was white.
When the mother of the black kid found out the truth, she filed a lawsuit against the school, claiming that her kid was forced to share the title of valedictorian. She also claimed that her daughter was forced to speak after the white valedictorian at graduation, and also was slated to walk behind her before she objected. “Prior to 2016, all of Cleveland High School’s valedictorians were white,” the lawsuit says. “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.”
A lawyer for the school district has called the suit “frivolous” and claims that the students had identical grade point averages.”
According to the lawsuit this situation follows “on the heels of a federal judge’s ruling that the Cleveland School District had failed to desegregate its schools approximately 50 years” after being ordered to do so.
“The delay in desegregation has deprived generations of students of the constitutionally-guaranteed right of an integrated education,” U.S. District Court Judge Debra M. Brown wrote in 2016. “Although no court order can right these wrongs, it is the duty of the district to ensure that not one more student suffers under this burden.”