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Hempstead Independent School District (ISD) in Texas has confirmed that a middle school principal has been placed on leave after Latin@ students said that she forbade the entire school from speaking Spanish.
A group of students told KHOU that Hempstead Middle School Principal Amy Lacey announced over the intercom on Nov. 12 that they were no longer to use their native language in order to “prevent disruptions.”
It was over two weeks later before the superintendent sent a letter home insisting that “neither the district or any campus has any policy prohibiting the speaking of Spanish.”
But the students said that the effect of the ban had been chilling.
“People don’t want to speak it no more, and they don’t want to get caught speaking it because they’re going to get in trouble,” sixth-grade student Kiara Lozano explained to KHOU.
Some students felt that the principal gave teachers permission to discriminate against them.
“She was like no speaking Spanish,” eighth-grader Yedhany Gallegos recalled. “I was like that’s my first language. She said, well you can get out.”
Hempstead ISD spokesperson Laurie Bettis said in a statement that Lacey had been placed on leave while the district investigated the charges.
“The district has received allegations regarding this issue and the district is investigating the matter,” Bettis wrote. “At this time, the administrator is on administrative leave with pay until the investigation is completed and appropriate action is determined. This is all we can say at this time as there is a pending investigation on this matter.”
“The district is committed to efficiently and effectively resolving this matter with as little disruption to our students and their learning environment as possible.”
Well I don’t see anything wrong w/ this… English is a universal language. No matter where you go, you’ll find someone that speaks English.
I don’t care what foreign language you’re speaking, if everyone doesn’t understand it, be quiet. Think about the people around you who are uncomfortable and don’t understand you.
I absolutely hate! when I go into an establishment and the employees don’t speak English.
I don’t even need to dignify this with a legitimate response.
Look, they’re in America. Texas is part of America, while I think they could’ve gone about it a better way, they did what needed to be done. I’ve been in a German class and Spanish class where students have been talking- in the class’ language- but in their own conversation while the teacher is trying to talk. There’s a time and place for everything.
Plus I always thought it’s best if you learn the language of the place you’re at. If I’m in Japan, I’m going to learn Japanese. If I’m going to Russia, I’m going to try my damndest to learn Russian.
My best friend works at McDonald’s- in South Carolina, USA. She was told by a Mexican guy that she’s a bitch because she doesn’t know Spanish. I work at Greyhound in the same location and I’ve been called racist, bitch, slut, whore, everything under the sun due to the same reason. No, you’re in America. I don’t have to learn your language. I know a little Spanish, but nothing that helps me sell a bus ticket. I don’t think it’s right that I should learn Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, German, French, etc. just because I work in a place with a lot of tourists. I can speak like at least one phrase in each of those, but I’m not fluent, nor am I willing to sit there and learn every language just because you don’t want to learn the one you’re currently at.
Except these students are not refusing to speak English. They speak in Spanish among themselves, they don’t want to speak Spanish with you and they certainly won’t. For the record, there is no such thing as an official language in the United States.
This is some racist shit. I can’t believe people are actually defending this.
Defending this doesn’t even make sense to me. They are clearly discriminating against little kids and that is not ok.
This is looking a lot like this movie i’ve seen named Walkout. Where students were not allowed to speak their own language without getting punished. This caused an uproar that caused Latin students to walk out of classes in revolt over being muted by not being able to talk with their native tongue. I, being Hispanic and living in Texas, find this shameful that a school does this.
Here’s a Wikipedia Article about the movie Walkout: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walkout_(film)
wow this is such bullshit wow way to go home state
Some of these responses about learning another language and speaking ‘American’…
Because the students obviously are refusing to learn English even though they’re statements are right here
Because English is obviously the official language here.
it’s as if it’s impossible for people to know any language other than English
It’s as if that whole melting pot bullshit can be tolerated by white people to a limit.
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