SMH: Black Women Accused of Cheating On Skills Test Because They Scored Too High

May 1, 2012  |  

A women has filed a lawsuit against a Florida School District alleging violations of civil rights, defamation, and false imprisonment when she and a relative were accused of cheating on a skills test in 2010.

According to the lawsuit, when Leila Jackson-Burch and Aretha Thomas, who are relatives, took the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE), an entrance exam for nursing school and other vocational training, they were accused of cheating because they scored “too high.” Assistant director Denise Willis allegedly explained the administrators’ suspicions by saying “you people don’t score that high.”

“Not only did the racially charged statement offend Plaintiff (Jackson-Burch), the manner in which it was stated reveals a level of comfort and bigotry that is usually reserved for private embrace,” the lawsuit states.

Despite not finding any evidence of cheating, the administrators demanded the women return their test scores and re-take the two-hour test. Jackson-Burch refused and got in her car but director Judy Johnson used her body to block the car from leaving. The administrators, who are white females, and one other, Helena Delgado, who is Hispanic, then called 911.

When three deputies arrived on the scene, according to the lawsuit, Jackson-Burch allowed them to make a warrantless search of her cell phone. In the sheriff’s report, a deputy wrote that they found no evidence of cheating and that Jackson-Burch believed the incident was racially motivated. After the incident, the administrators notified the Florida Department of Education, the Orange County School Board, and Columbia College where Jackson-Burch had been a student for three years, that she had cheated, and refused to validate her TABE test score for eight months, causing her to miss out on a pre-planned nursing course, the suit states.

Thomas later accepted a $2,500 settlement from the Citrus County School Board but Jackson-Burch refused the offer which is why she’s coming forward with this lawsuit now. I’m pretty sure she can expect to get paid.

Can you believe this?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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  • Nitty

    Florida..the jewish state.
    aaah sunny state

  • L-Boogie

    Sad but not shocked.  Similar events have happened to me.  

  • Candacey Doris

    I wish i could say i don’t believe this but i do. This happens all the time. We’re not supposed to be smart or skilled.

  • F3ral Anarchy

    This is the type of BS i went through with the MD chapter of MENSA.  Regardless of the fact that there is a national african american mensa club i got questioned a few times after scoring 146 then 148 on THEIR IQ test.   White people just refuse to believe there are blacks and latinos in the world with high IQs

  • Ebonydiva82

    Why is it that people have such a hard time accepting the fact that many of us are bright, intelligent and creative geniuses? I hope those prejudiced and biased administrators are fired and I hope that the plaintiff gets her money. How dare they insult her intelligence? 

  • Goofylaughh

    A WOMEN?? Really madamenoire????

    • Mls2698

      Lol. They are making the case for the other side, huh?

    • Nia

      Yes. They really are going against the “scoring well” standard. Its actually “a woman”. LOL. Who is this site run by? Maybe they should hire us @3fd67971e9dde1c5ffafc4ec5629edcd:disqus 

  • A.J.

    What is with Florida lately?  Nearly every month they’re in the news for some new form of ratchetness, smh.  It’s a shame that in this day and age people are so threatened by Black intelligence.

  • Chanda

    SMDH, what they’ve never seen or been around intellegent Black people? They complain when we’re jobless and on welfare yet don’t want us excell and make something out of ourselves. Somebody’s about to get paid!

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  • ieshapatterson

    lol yeah i know,it sucks to know not all blacks live the stereotypical black man,black woman hurts to know that we’re smart,we work just as hard as other races(or harder)to get what we’s annoying and sometimes unbelievable to see that we can have the nice,big houses,fast cars and great careers.yes,it’s upsetting to see that black people can be just as good or even BETTER then white people.but you’ll just have to get used to it.a lot of use aren’t going to settle and we’re not going to back down.we live in america and the only thing that would stop us from getting what we want,is ourselves.other then that,we’re on our way.i guess some of you jealous,hateful animals will just have to get use to it;)

  • Miss_Understood

    I’ve experienced this since I began elementary school. It’s insulting and it puts you on guard (then you justify the “angry black woman” myth)…I learned to take pride in my intelligence, some people brag on beauty or money but I am not shy to tell anyone about my academic successes. I also encourage my friends, sisters and teenage clients to proudly display their As because it benefits our community as a whole to be reminded that yes we are smart, successful and just as good as anybody else.

  • C P

    i hope they get paid.. how are you going to accuse students of cheating based solely on their score and not w/valid proof.. so, what, now black ppl aren’t smart?! gtfohwtbs, plus she stopped her from leaving, and the cops couldn’t search them anyway, i’d sue their assess too!!

  • maggie

    Color doesn’t matter? yeah right

    • StuckInDaMatrix

      It always mattered!  Only ones who don’t believe that are desperate blacks and white power structures who lie and keep the illusion going.

  • Wouldn’t You Like To Know

    This is just plain ridiculous,I hope Jackson-Burch gets justice!