By Emily Crane For Dailymail.com
Published: 05:54 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 05:56 BST, 3 May 2019
Olecia James, 18, filed the lawsuit against the Cleveland School District in Mississippi last week after claiming a white student with a lower GPA was named salutatorian
A black high school graduate is suing her Mississippi school district because she claims she lost out on a college scholarship after a white male student with a lower GPA was named salutatorian instead of her.
Olecia James, 18, filed the federal lawsuit against the Cleveland School District last week.
The teenager claims that district officials took away the chance of her being salutatorian - the graduate with the second-best grades - of Cleveland Central High School because they 'feared white flight'.
James transferred to the newly formed Cleveland Central High in 2017 after a federal judge ruled that the Mississippi school district was