PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Courtroom has turned down Chestnut Hill School’s bid to be exempt from discrimination legal guidelines due to its Catholic affiliation. It’s a victory for college kids of shade at each Catholic school within the state.
The excessive courtroom denied the school’s attraction and let stand a Commonwealth Courtroom determination that the school is topic to a choice by the state Human Relations Fee of possible trigger for a discrimination grievance. The grievance got here from former scholar Michael Meads, who was expelled weeks earlier than commencement in a dispute over his scholar manufacturing of Raisin within the Solar.
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“Understanding that justice is prevailing makes me actually completely satisfied,” Meads stated.
The school had claimed its Catholic affiliation exempted it from the Fee’s jurisdiction, an argument that would have eradicated discrimination protections at any Pennsylvania Catholic school. Shanay Garner of the Alumni of Colour Collective says she hopes the school will change its stance.
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“Asking for permission to be racist, I feel, speaks for itself,” Garner stated.
The school says its goal was solely to hunt clarification on essential questions of regulation regarding Fee jurisdiction, that it’s dissatisfied however accepts the courtroom’s ruling.