Lawsuit: Severna Park High Student Suspended After Being Falsely Accused of Wearing Black Face in Social Media Post

The first amendment rights of a freshman at Severna Park High School were violated after being falsely accused of wearing "black face" in a social media post and subsequently suspended, according to a lawsuit filed on behalf of the child's parents.  

Attorney Cole J. Sullivan, who represents the family, and a spokesperson for the Anne Arundel County Public School System, declined to comment on the 14-page lawsuit recently filed at the US District Court of Maryland.  According to documents obtained by Report Annapolis News, the child was suspended because of a single social media post that school officials believed was “offensive” and “biased.”  Attorney Sullivan said the child was wearing gold face paint, not black, in the picture that was posted while not on school grounds, and on the child's own time during non-school hours. 

The suit alleges that during a weekend in October 2021, the child posted a picture to social media wearing gold face paint without any text or context attached to it.  "The picture was later shared without the child's knowledge, permission, intent and/or consent," the attorney said.  "A few days later, at least one student brought the picture to the attention of school officials, claiming the child had taken the photo in black face."  

"The child had previously worn the exact same face paint for school-sponsored events, such as pep rally and spirit week, without a problem," Attorney Sullivan wrote. "There was no racial biases or intent behind the taking of the photo, as it was the color gold, which is Severna Park High School’s School Color (in addition to blue and white)."  

The child was eventually placed on out of school suspension for an unspecified amount of time, and has since been subjected to cyberbullying, in-person bullying and exclusion from her friend groups, the lawsuit says. All efforts made by the parents to appeal the suspension were unsuccessful.   The complaint is seeking more than $4 million dollars in damages.  

Note: An example of the face paint worn by the child in the social media post was included with the lawsuit and can be seen below: 


  1. i go to her school, she was in one of my classes. the paint was brown, i even painted my face gold to prove my point. KH (her initials) is a lying racist bigot.

  2. Sounds like SPel white privilege in the works

    1. did you cry in real life? lol the paint was gold you just wanted to ruin the girls life because you're ugly and jealous which is no surprise for Bantu people.

  3. Yes gold exactly! Same gold I use for bronzer. I paint my whole face and draw a stick figure on my neck the same way! So glad to see the makeup being used the correct way with absolutely no racist intent. Totally not a display of white privilege! What an amazing student(I hope you never get into college).

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