Black Mississippi teen sues school after white student is named salutatorian

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Black Mississippi high school graduate files lawsuit claiming she lost out on college scholarships after a white male student with a lower GPA was named salutatorian instead of her because they 'feared white flight' Olecia James, 18, is suing the Cleveland School District in Mississippi  She claims district officials took away her salutatorian title of Cleveland Central High School because they 'feared white flight' She transferred to the newly formed Cleveland Central High in 2017 after a judge ruled that the school district was illegally segregating black and white students James said a white male student with a lower GPA was given the salutatorian title instead of her  She said she lost a University of Mississippi scholarship specifically for salutatorians because of the decision

By Emily Crane For Dailymail.com

Published: 05:54 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 05:56 BST, 3 May 2019

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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

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

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