Mother sues school after daughter was forced to share graduation honor with white student with lower grades

Mother sues school after daughter was forced to share graduation honor with white student with lower grades

- A US mother is suing her daughter's high school for discrimination

- She claims her daughter was forced wot share valedictorian honors with white student

- She claims the white student had lower grades

An African-American mother in Cleveland, Mississippi in the US has sued her daughter's high school for discrimination.

Sherry Shepard says her daughter Jasmine Shepard emerged top of her class and was therefore awarded valedictorian honors at her graduation in May 2016.

However, Sherry claims Jasmine was forced to share those honors with a white student who had lower grades.

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Mother sues school after daughter was forced to share graduation honor with white student with lower grades

Jasmine Shepard (photo credit: DailyMailUk)

According to Sherry's lawsuit: "Prior to 2016, all of Cleveland High School’s valedictorians were white.

"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."

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Mother sues school after daughter was forced to share graduation honor with white student with lower grades

Jasmine and her mother Sherry (photo credit: DailyMailUk)

The school in question, Cleveland High School, maintains that the grades were identical. Its attorney termed the lawsuit "frivolous" because both students attained an equal GPA.

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Sherry however disagrees. On a Facebook page named Justice for Jasmine, she wrote: "It's interesting to me that the Cleveland School District can tell the media that there was a 'tie' when they have yet to tell me as Jasmine's parent, even when I asked!"

She also claims that Jasmine was forced to walk behind the white student to the podium and to give her speech after her.

See more in the video below.

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