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School System Wins Racial Inequality Lawsuit

This after a federal judge rules in favor of the school system in a civil trial brought against them by the NAACP.

As superintendent of Thomasville city schools, Sabrina Boykins-Everett has pulled almost 1,000 documents, some dating back to the 1960s, to prove the district does not practice racial inequality.

Thursday morning in federal court, those efforts paid off when the district beat a civil lawsuit filed by the NAACP.

"It was an exciting day for us, all our staff that helped retrieve documents and give depositions,” says Sabrina.

The Thomas County Chapter of the NAACP alleged the district divides classrooms by color, disciplines black children more harshly, and refers them to special education more often than white children.

Some parents say they disagree.

"I'm one of the lucky ones that hasn't had to encounter that and I hope I don't have to encounter that in the future, but for right now we're content and happy with things," says Chiquita Duncan, a parent of school-aged children.

But school officials say, not everyone felt the same. Now that the trial's over, it's time to repair the damage that was done when parents didn't want to enroll their kindergartners in city schools and teachers were afraid they'd somehow be left without a job.

"I'm just really refocusing. Now we can devote 100 percent of our efforts to the personnel and finances necessary to continue what we've always been doing, which is providing top quality education to all our students," Sabrina adds.

Our calls to the Thomas County Chapter of the NAACP Friday were not returned.


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