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Investigation conducted into graduation racial discrimination claim

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Senior Class President Taylor Flake is still holding out hope she will be able to take the podium at graduation Tuesday night. Senior Class President Taylor Flake is still holding out hope she will be able to take the podium at graduation Tuesday night.
ARLINGTON, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A spokesperson for Shelby County Schools told Action News 5 Taylor Flake's claims were investigated but that investigation did not reveal any discriminatory acts.

Senior Class President Taylor Flake is still holding out hope she will be able to take the podium at graduation Tuesday night.

"I'm not saying I'm entitled to speak but at the same time I want a fair chance at speaking at graduation," said Flake.

Flake says she was not given that fair chance.  She claims race is the reason she is not speaking at graduation.

Shelby County School officials launched an investigation into Flake's claims. A letter written by the student services supervisor says the investigation did not reveal any discriminatory acts.

Action News 5 investigated Flake's claim, finding that no senior class president has ever spoken at Arlington High School's graduation. 

Speaking spots are reserved for the school's valedictorian, salutatorian, and a third student nominated by teachers and voted on by the senior class.

"Honestly, this is learning experience. I'm taking it as me getting the chance to really stand up for something I believe in," Flake continued.

In all, there have been 16 African-Americans of 59 total students nominated on those ballots since 2009.

That includes one this year.

Flake and her mother met with NAACP officials Monday afternoon about this incident.

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