A black Arkansas teen who graduated top of her class is suing her high school for racial discrimination after the principal decided to name a white student with a lower GPA as co-valedictorian.
Kymberly Wimberly, 18, told ABC News she always dreamed about being at the top of her class at McGehee High School.
“When I found out I was valedictorian, I was ecstatic,” she said.
That soon changed when Wimberly’s mother, Molly Bratton, who works at the school as a media specialist, overheard school officials saying they wanted to avoid the “big mess” that would happen with Wimberly as valedictorian, the teen said.
The lawsuit alleges there was a “pattern and practice of school administrators and personnel treating the African-American students less favorably than the Caucasian ones.”
A white student with a lower GPA was named co-valedictorian.