An African-American woman is reportedly suing a Kansas school district for discrimination, alleging, among other things, that her high school dance choreographer told her she was "too dark" to perform.
Camille Sturdivant, who graduated from Blue Valley Northwest High School last May filed the lawsuit against Blue Valley School District on Dec. 5, according to ABC News.
Sturdivant says in the suit that she was one of two black women on the 14-person "Dazzlers" dance team.
She alleges in the suit that in July 2017 she was told by team choreographer Kevin Murakami "her skin was too dark and the audience would look at her and not the other dancers."
ABC News notes that Sturdivant also claims the choreographer said her skin color "clashed with the color of the costumes."
Sturdivant's parents allegedly complained to the school's principal about being excluded in September 2017. But they were told that the school's coach, Carley Fine, could "pick whoever she wanted to perform in the dances,"
The lawsuit claims that Fine was "dismissive" of Sturdivant despite allowing her to remain on the team. The suit also includes details about texts Sturdivant found that Fine and Murakami had exchanged about her.
Fine had allegedly made racist comments about Sturdivant in them, saying that the student had only received an acceptance letter from the University of Missouri and won a spot on the school's "Golden Girls" dance team because "she's f----- black."
Fine was reportedly fired and forbidden from school property the day after Sturdivant's parents showed the principal the text messages. But the suit claims that Fine was at the school multiple times after the dismissal, according to ABC News.
Sturdivant is calling for a jury trial and is looking to receive an unspecified amount in "actual damages, compensatory and punitive damages," ABC News reported.
The school district told ABC News in a statement that "discrimination of any kind has no place here."
"The District expects staff to treat all students with respect at all times, and any report that this expectation has not been fulfilled is taken very seriously. As stated in the Complaint, on May 1, 2018, Mrs. Sturdivant showed Dr. Pressly the text message between Mr. Murakami and Ms. Fine. Ms. Fine’s employment with the District was separated the following day on May 2, 2018," the statement added.