While segregating students by skin color was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1954, one school in La Vergne, Tenn. is currently segregating teens by their grades.
Students with low grades at La Vergne High School are forced to eat lunch in a separate location away from their peers.
Parent Paul Morecroft (pictured) is upset about the policy because his daughter is a special needs child.
"To me, it's considered separation, because you have your special needs kids and the kids getting the good grades on one side, and the kids getting below an 80 on the other side," Morecroft told WSMV (video below).
He considers the policy to be a "civil rights violation and segregation."
If Morecroft's special needs student is legally disabled, the policy may be in violation of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, which states:
No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States... shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance...
La Vergne High School officials claim that students with lower grades have a split lunch period, which is half academic tutoring and half lunch.
"They are not segregating them in the traditional sense. If the kids' scores are low in certain areas, they are getting help in that area. If you want to label that segregation, then that's not the correct way to label it," claimed Rutherford County Schools spokesperson James Evans.
School officials say the graduation rate at La Vergne High School was about 77 percent two years ago, but is now almost 90 percent, thanks to the segregated lunches, notes The Huffington Post.