Principal at Texas M.S. says “No Spanish” in my school

A Texas middle school is under fire after students say they were banned from speaking Spanish in class. The students say their principal announced the rule last month over the intercom.

Students and parents at Hempstead Middle School say the new rule has given teachers and fellow students a hall pass to discriminate.

“She was like, ‘no speaking Spanish.’ she told me like that. I was like, ‘that’s my first language.’ she said, ‘well, you can get out,” says a 6th grader.

A letter sent home by the superintendent says, “Neither the district… or any campus… has any policy prohibiting the speaking of Spanish.”

These students feel-that has not been made entirely clear at their school.

“People don’t want to speak it no more and don’t want to get caught speaking it because they’re going to get in trouble,” adds another 6th grader.

Parents like Cynthia Zamora believe the school is not getting to the root of the problem. She wants to know why the “no Spanish” announcement was ever made in the first place. “I was very surprised that she would even go to that level.”

Especially considering about 50 percent of the students that enrolled at this school are Hispanic. “It’s wrong for them to do that. It’s wrong for them to tell us to not speak spanish at our school,” she adds.

The principal has been placed on paid administrative leave while the district investigates.

A spokeswoman for the district released a statement saying, in part:

“The district is committed to efficiently and effectively resolving this matter with as little disruption to our students and their learning environment as possible.”

5 comments

  • PMD

    Isn't English the language in this country? We should be speaking and teaching the English language to these students. If they want to speak Spanish it can be done in their homes or outside with their friends….NOT IN OUR SCHOOLS…..

  • Henry

    If Elvis could have sang in Spanish he would have made more money. His aunt Martha
    wouldn't let him so it cost him millions of Spanish bullion. The only language we should
    not speak is Alien. Like if a person from Mars lands here we should NOT learn to speak
    his native tongue.

  • onecatinahat

    When spanish speaking countries all learn english then I will be o k with spanish here in my english speaking country

  • Jess

    I actually don't think this should be a big outrage. If they are in the classroom learning in English, why do they need to speak Spanish? To have private conversations when they are supposed to be learning? Can they still speak Spanish in the hallways and in the cafeteria when the socialize with their friends? If the principal was Chinese and she came on the intercom and made her announcements in her native language people would have a problem with that. Or if the teacher called on a student to answer a question, and he or she responded in French, the Hispanic children wouldn't know what was going on.

  • Sean Wilson

    "People don't want us speaking no more"

    I think this is a key factor in determining what language should be spoken in the classrom.

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