Posted on August 10, 2021

Parent Files Complaint Against Atlanta Elementary School, Alleges It’s Segregating Classes

Tom Jones, WSBTV, August 8, 2021

A parent has filed a federal complaint against her child’s school, alleging it segregated classes based on race.


Parent Kila Posey still can’t believe a principal thought separating students by race was a good idea.


A practice put in place and condoned by principal Sharyn Briscoe, according to Posey.

“First, it was just disbelief that I was having this conversation in 2020 with a person that looks just like me — a Black woman,” Posey said. {snip}

Posey said she found out the school was putting Black students in two separate classes with two separate teachers.

The white kids were placed in six classes with six different teachers.

The parent said she found this out when she let Briscoe know she wanted her child placed in the classroom of a teacher she thought would be a good fit.


“She said that’s not one of the Black classes, and I immediately said, ‘What does that mean?’ I was confused. I asked for more clarification. I was like, ‘We have those in the school?’ And she proceeded to say, ‘Yes. I have decided that I’m going to place all of the Black students in two classes,’” Posey said.

Posey said she insisted her child be placed in a class with white students. She said Briscoe explained her child would be isolated.


The Poseys recorded a call with an assistant principal where they complained about the segregated classes. The administrator confirmed it was the principal’s decision and seemed to offer an explanation for why the classes were set up this way.

“I just wish we had more Black kids, and then some of them are in a class because of the services that they need,” the administrator said on the recording.