The racism that poisons the atmosphere in Florida just keeps getting exposed. A federal lawsuit brought against a Florida school district alleges that three officials accused two Black women of cheating on an adult skills test, because “you people don’t score that high,” reports Reuters.
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The Florida Civil Rights Association is representing Lelia Jackson-Burch, who is suing for violations of civil rights, defamation, and false imprisonment.
Not only did the racially charged statement offend Plaintiff (Jackson-Burch), the manner in which it was stated reveals a level of comfort and bigotry that is usually reserved for private embrace,” the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit describes the alleged chronology of events: Willis explained the administrators’ suspicions by saying “you people don’t score that high.” Although no other evidence of cheating was produced, the administrators demanded the women return their test scores and re-take the two-hour test. Jackson-Burch refused and got in her car but Johnson used her body to block the car from leaving. The administrators called 911.
Three deputies arrived, and Jackson-Burch allowed them to make a warrantless search of her cell phone, according to the lawsuit. In the subsequent sheriff’s report, a deputy wrote that they found no evidence of cheating and that Jackson-Burch believed the incident was racially motivated, the lawsuit stated.