Four Black students filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Friday, June 23, against the Effingham County School District in Georgia for allegedly nurturing a racist environment, the Associated Press reports.
According to the lawsuit, filed by the ACLU of Georgia on behalf of the students, a Black high school student identified by his initials N.T. alleges that an athletic director defended white students’ use of racial epithets “because Black students used racial language when talking to each other.”
Effingham County School Superintendent Yancy Ford declined to answer the AP’s questions about the allegations in the lawsuit but denied that the school district allows racial discrimination. The school district, located in Southeast Georgia, west of Savannah, has faced other racial discrimination lawsuits.
View the full lawsuit below.