St. Louis Segregation Laws Are Keeping This Third Grader From Attending His Charter School Simply Because He's Black

St. Louis Segregation Laws Are Keeping This Third Grader From Attending His Charter School Simply Because He's Black

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A little boy’s application to his current school for next year has been denied--not because his grades weren’t good enough, but because he’s African American!

According to Fox2 Now, young Edmund Lee is currently a third grader at Gateway Science Academy, a charter school in St. Louis. With his family moving to St. Louis County, a neighboring district of the school, later in the year, the honor student now has to find a new school because of outdated segregation laws.

Though Missouri state law allows some county residents the chance to attend a city charter school, the law stands that they must live in a district participating in transfer programs, and also can not be an African-American. The news took Edmund and his family by obvious surprise. “When I read the guidelines I was in shock,” said La’Shieka White, Edmund’s mother. “I was crying.”

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Though leaders and teachers at the school are shocked as well, their hands are unfortunately tied. However, several feel that it’s overdue to get rid of these discriminating rules. “If this helps us start a conversation about maybe some things that could be different with the law, then that is as good thing,” said Assistant Principal Janet Moak.

After this devastating news, La’Shieka launched a petition asking lawmakers to change their stance. The mother has also heard reports of white students unable to participate in transfer programs for African-Americans, and wants to see real change happen in Missouri. “I don’t want it to be just about an African-American boy,” she said. “I want it to be about all children.”

Some of the staff at Gateway Science Academy have also signed the petition, including Tiffany Luis, Edmund’s teacher. “To not see his face in the halls next year would be extremely sad,” the educator said. “The family is saying they want to stay. I don’t understand why they can’t.”

Do it surprise you that even in 2016, these stories of discrimination and segregation from yesteryear are prevalent throughout parts of the U.S?

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