Student forced to change schools because of skin color

He is known for his stellar academics, performance and personality

(KSDK) A St. Louis mother is fighting for change after learning her son cannot return to his school next year because he’s African-American.

“It’s heartbreaking. It really is,” La’Shieka White says.

White’s son, Edmund Lee, is currently in the third grade at Gateway Science Academy on the city’s south side.

It is a charter school the 9-year-old has cherished since he was in kindergarten. He is known around the building for his stellar academics, performance and overall bubbly personality.

“The first reason I love this school is because I make friends,” Lee said.

The family recently decided for personal reasons to buy a house and move from the city to St. Louis County. They wanted to keep Lee at the school, but something surprising was discovered during the re-enrollment process.

Lee will not be able to return to Gateway in the fall because of his skin color.

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