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Racial discrimination lawsuit filed against Northwest Rankin substitute teacher

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A lawsuit has been filed accusing a Northwest Rankin High School substitute teacher of racial discrimination.

The suit was filed by a student’s parents who claim that the teacher, Jane Pinnix, made a remark referencing hanging an African-American student back in April.

Along with the teacher, the lawsuit also includes Rankin County School District and Kelly Services (the provider of substitute teachers) for negligence and causing the student emotional distress.

In a statement provided by the school district, they claim that the case is meritless.

“This matter was investigated, discussed with parents, and resolved the week of April 7, 2017. The allegations in this case were taken out of context for the purpose of gain. We will defend this meritless case vigorously.”

The statement also defends the reputation of Kelly Services.

“All RCSD substitute teachers are employed by Kelly Services. Kelly Services has an excellent track record in providing quality substitute teachers. Any person on our campuses must have a background check prior to working around students.”

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