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.’ “I thought this was a free country and you have the right to express yourself in any way you choose,’’ Ruby told The Post after her family filed a $2 million notice of claim against the school in Suffolk County Supreme Court on Tuesday. “That’s not the case in the Port Jefferson School District,” the 10th-grader said. “I felt it wasn’t America anymore.”
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Her Floyd sonnet reads:
“From Momma’s hands, you had not any chance.
“The street, the ‘hood made you so young ashamed
“To stand tall, to control your circumstance.
“ ‘Black man, it’s you we’ll crack,’ white men proclaimed;
“ ‘ Stay down,’ they say, your fate is in our hands.
“Obey, ok, obey me, I’m the cop.
“Who kneels upon your naked soul, who stands
“On top your darkened head until you stop
“Your sorry cry for mamma; take no breath,
“I bring justice here, pressed upon your neck.
“If I decide, you now face certain death,
“A fate deserved, ‘cuz you passed a bad check.
“You can’t breath? Then cease your black man drama,
“I will make you weep for ‘Mamma! Mamma!’
District officials have stated that they do not comment on pending litigation.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: THE SUN