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William Clark is a senior at Democracy Prep, a public charter school in Las Vegas, Nevada. William is mixed race. He lives with his mother, who is biracial. William’s father died when he was young.
By any normal standard, William Clark is not privileged. Quite the opposite.
But apparently that’s not how his school sees it.
Last year, William took a mandatory, yearlong class for all seniors called Sociology of Change. In the class, William, along with all the students, was asked to publicly reveal his race, gender, religious, and sexual identities, and then attach derogatory labels to those identities. Students were then asked to “undo and unlearn” their “beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that stem from oppression.”
William was understandably reluctant to label himself as “privileged” or an “oppressor.” And while William is the only student in the class who appears to be white — he has light skin and green eyes — he is, in fact, mixed race.
William declined to participate in the mandatory class exercises and was punished with a failing grade.
William and his mother, Gabrielle Clark, filed suit in the Federal District Court of Nevada against Public Charter School Democracy Prep et al., claiming the school violated William’s First Amendment rights by “repeatedly compelling his speech involving intimate matters of race, gender, sexuality and religion.” It further argues that the school created a “psychologically abusive” and a “hostile educational environment.”
12.22.2020 – Complaint Filed in District Court
01.15.2021 – Emergency Motion for Preliminary Injunction Filed
02.16.2021 – Reply to Defendants’ Response to Emergency Motion for Preliminary Injunction
02.25.2021 – Hearing on Emergency Motion for Injunctive Relief
04.2021 – After a few weeks of discovery, in early April 2021, Defendants not only offered to expunge William’s failing grade, but allowed William to opt out of the controversial course. William is now on track to graduate this spring.