Nahkoura Mahnassi, 16, and her mother, Alisha Brown, criticized the school for holding the graduation at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church because not everyone is a Christian and the venue could be offensive or off-putting to some.
New Birth’s Pastor, Eddie Long, was accused of sexual misconduct by four young men from the church last year. Long and the ministry ended up settling out of court.
Mahnassi, who maintains a 3.8 GPA, credits her mother for teaching her to sand up for what she believes in.
The DeKalb County School District issued the following statement:
“The school district is holding commencements this year at a number of locations throughout the community, including school district stadiums and the Georgia Dome. Each year, the school district looks to find spaces big enough to host our largest graduating classes. This year, Southwest DeKalb High School is holding its graduation at a faith-based organization in the community. This is based on a previous agreement that expires this year. We will continue to work to find the best and most appropriate venues to accommodate our students as they celebrate such an important milestone.”
Kudos for Mahnassi and Brown for having the courage of their convictions and lets hope the DeKalb County School District realizes that affiliating with those institutions accused of harboring child abusers is not only bad imaging, its horrific management.
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