Black students in the Effingham County School District are suing the school board over the racism and discrimination they’ve experienced. There has been a long-standing history of racism displayed in the school district, and there is a pattern of disproportionate discipline against Black students and First Amendment viewpoint discrimination (i.e., white students permitted to wear confederate flag shirts, but Black students prohibited from wearing Black Lives Matter shirts).

Updates: • Notices of appearance have been filed and the ACLU of GA is working with Troutman Pepper, an Atlanta-based firm, to represent Plaintiffs in this case

• Conducted in-person client interviews in Feb. 12-13

• Notice of Voluntary Dismissal filed; will file a fresh Complaint in March


Troutman Pepper, ACLU of GA

Date filed

February 1, 2023