Mother of former Quaker Valley student files discrimination suit
The mother of a former Quaker Valley School District elementary student filed a federal civil rights lawsuit accusing staff and administrators of discriminating against her son because he was the only black student in his Osborne Elementary School classroom.
In the suit, Shinic Davis, whose address was not available, said district Superintendent Joseph Clapper, Assistant Superintendent Heidi Ondek and Osborne Principal Barbara Mellett ignored her attempts to have the situation investigated.
In a statement, Quaker Valley solicitor Patrick Clair said district officials were aware of Davis' allegations.
“Quaker Valley works diligently with families to meet the individual needs of each child and all children, and it has attempted to do so with Ms. Davis,” Clair said. “It is unfortunate that she holds such a negative view of the district and its personnel.”
Davis could not be reached for comment. Her attorney, Edward Olds, did not respond to a message seeking comment.
In the lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh, Davis said during the 2011-12 school year, her then-second-grade son was physically isolated from other students in class and singled out for discipline.
The harassment of her son increased as she kept pushing the issue, the lawsuit said. Davis removed her son from Osborne Elementary at the end of the school year and placed him in a private school, the lawsuit said.
Osborne Elementary School had 12 black students in an enrollment of 221, according to state records.
Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add Bobby Cherry to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Five questions facing Steelers entering training camp
- Steelers cut linebacker Kion Wilson, sign cornerback Toler
- North Huntingdon woman charged with threatening to burn down officer’s house
- Pirates’ Melancon has been consistent since moving into closer’s role
- LaBar: John Cena leaving WWE for Hollywood?
- Man shot in domestic incident collapses near Washington County bar
- Rossi: Johnston must reach Malkin in Moscow
- Amazon.com distribution center planned for Pittsburgh’s West End
- Baby girl dies when run over by pickup truck in Indiana County
- Aliquippa father is charged by Beaver County DA in girls’ dresser death
- Friday’s scouting report: Pirates at Rockies