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DeSoto County Schools Accused of Discrimination

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. – A group, claiming black students in DeSoto County Schools are being treated unfairly, says it will file a civil rights complaint against the school district.

Members of DeSoto County Parents and Students for Justice argue that African American students are suspended more often and  longer. In a written statement a district spokesperson said that a code of discipline is in place to provide a safe learning environment for students.  “As part of that code of discipline, the District has procedures and policies in place to insure that discipline is applied fairly to all students regardless of race.  Racial discrimination will not be tolerated in our schools,” wrote Communications Director Katherine Nelson.  “Any allegation that DSC discriminates against students based on race is totally unfounded and false.”

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