Teen says she’s going to sue her ‘predominantly white’ Long Island school district for $2m for refusing to publish her sonnet about George Floyd in their literary magazine

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The family of a teenager on Long Island says they’re suing her school for $2 million after administrators wouldn’t publish her poem about George Floyd‘s death in the school magazine, saying it was ‘not appropriate’ and possibly ‘dangerous.’

On Tuesday, the family of Ruby Ray, 16, a 10th grader at Vandermeulen High School in Port Jefferson, filed a notice of claim in Suffolk County Supreme Court, an action that typically comes ahead of a lawsuit.

Ruby had penned a poem called ‘Derek Chauvin‘s Ode to George Floyd: A Dark Sonnet.’ Her parents say Ruby, who is white, is being discriminated against by the mostly white school because her poem ‘promoted the cause of African-Americans.’

The notice of claim, which alleges a violation of Ruby’s First Amendment rights, came on the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s death, although the Ray family chalks that up to being a coincidence.


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