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.”
It’s the schools job as an institute for learning to make the environment comfortable enough for ALL students to learn. Not to beat down a whole population of students until the institution is comfortable having them there.
This is how we have such a wide opportunity gap. The hidden institutionalized discrimination occurring in our schools. As a person who teaches in a school with high percentages of ELL (English language learners) students, this sentiment is way more common than you think.
This is what public schools are for - assimilation. It is much easier to control a homogenous population than one full of many diverse identities. Dictators and colonizers have been doing this for centuries, suppressing regional/cultural identities for the sake of one united national identity.
Stand for the pledge, learn a set curriculum, speak English, and above all, be “American.”
Fuck public school.
You mean the generation that paid three times as much for college to enter a job market with triple the unemployment isn’t interested in purchasing the assets of the generation who just blew an enormous housing bubble and kept it from popping through quantitative easing and out-and-out federal support? Curious.
—When comments are better than the article, Atlantic edition (“The Cheapest Generation: Why Millennials aren’t buying cars or houses, and what that means for the economy”)
do u guys understand how creepy the pledge of allegiance is though like every day when ur a kid everybody just chants how great america is every morning it’s creepy
Yeah, watch this video to get even more creeped out.
Nationalism is the greatest threat to world peace.
"I will end DEA raids on medical marijuana"
"I will close gitmo"
"I will not give money to bankers"
"I will end the wars"
"Change is coming to America"
Opened up a bitcoin wallet and bought 0.01 btc when it was at 1100 right before it crashed.
Well, I’ve only lost about $3 so that’s okay.
I just got antsy.
I want to buy more, but I have to wait until Wednesday to get my btc in my wallet and permission to purchase more.