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Troy councilwoman alleges racial segregation; files suit against school system

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Troy city councilwoman DeJarilyn Henderson has filed a lawsuit to stop a policy of the Troy City Schools System she says leads to racial segregation. Troy city councilwoman DeJarilyn Henderson has filed a lawsuit to stop a policy of the Troy City Schools System she says leads to racial segregation.

A lawsuit is now filed against the Troy City Schools System, and the person filing it is a Troy city councilwoman.

DeJarilyn Henderson says the classes at Troy Elementary are segregated and it's hindering every student, no matter their race.

Henderson claims the school system is using a policy that allows parents to request certain teachers and friends as a ploy to segregate classes.

The school system says the policy only helps children learn and adds that with a student population with a little more than 60 percent African-America, it's difficult to have an equal number of black and white students in every classroom.

Superintendent Lee Hicks says once the school system has the lawsuit delivered to them, school attorneys will look at it and proceed from there.

Hicks says the System will abide by the law but currently has no plans to change the parent request policy.

The attorney representing the parents in the lawsuit says the group is not seeking any monetary compensation. They just want the parent request policy, and the alleged segregation, to end.

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