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Judge Ruled In NAACP Lawsuit Against Metro Schools


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The NAACP and a local family filed a lawsuit against the school system in regards to the rezoning plan. In response the judge ruled Tuesday evening the school has 24 hours to get school books.

The Spurlock family, along with the NAACP, was the main force behind filing the lawsuit.

"It is our interest that these schools become the best that they can be, and under the current plan we don't believe that that's achievable," said Walter Searcy, NAACP.

The Spurlock's daughter use to attend Bellevue Middle School, but after the rezoning plan the young girl was transferred to John Early Middle School. The family said ever since attending John Early their daughter has been harassed and bullied. According to the lawsuit, the young girl comes home crying every day.

"It is not our interest to use Metro Nashville public schools as a whipping post," said Searcy.

The Spurlock family also mentioned other issues with the school rezoning. The lawsuit said during the young girl's first week of school, John Early didn't have any textbooks, while Bellevue already had their school books.

"You can't deliver the basic curriculum to students if everybody's not on the same page - literally. You can't be on the same page if you don't have books that contain the pages," said Searcy.

The NAACP and the Spurlock family believe Metro's rezoning plan is resegregation.

Metro schools didn't comment on the lawsuit, but in a local newspaper the school system said their rezoning plan was consistent with state and federal regulations.

If Metro does not follow through with getting the books to John Early they risk being in contempt of the judge's order.

The Federal judge also ruled that the young student may re-enroll at Bellevue Middle School.

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