Student not allowed to attend school because he’s African-American

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. - A Missouri mother was shocked when she learned that her son could not go to the school of his choice because of his skin color.

Edmund Lee is a third grader at Gateway Science Academy, a charter school in St. Louis.

His family is moving later this year and want him to continue to attend the same school

State law allows some county residents the opportunity to attend a city charter school, but they must live in a district that participates in transfer programs.

But there is one stipulation: the student cannot be African-American.

“When I read the guidelines, I was in shock,” said La’Shieka White, Edmund’s mother.  “I was crying.”

Lee is African-American, so he is not allowed to transfer in to the school.

School officials told KTVI that the state regulations were created decades ago and were designed to deal with segregation problems.

Now, school leaders at the academy want those rules changed.

When White launched a petition to ask lawmakers to change the rules, she also heard from Caucasian parents who say their children are facing the same issues in other districts.

“I don’t want it to be just about an African-American boy,” said White.   “I want it to be about all children.”

Some staff members at Gateway Science Academy have signed White’s petition.

“To not see his face in the halls next year would be extremely sad,” said Tiffany Luis, Edmund’s 3rd grade teacher.  “The family is saying they want to stay.  I don’t understand why they can’t.”

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