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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.”

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

    PMD said:
    December 4, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    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…..

      Joe said:
      December 4, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      To be fluently multilingual is a huge advantage in the international marketplace. This IS an English speaking country, true; like French used to be, English is now the language of science and business. That is a fact. Then, again, if we want these kids ignorant and dependent on government largess, by all means don't make them fluent in English. I will go further and say that, after fluency in English they should go on to take a third language. Asking too much? Only if education is not the actual goal.

    Henry said:
    December 4, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    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.

      Al P said:
      December 4, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      If you had mastered English you might have known that you meant "sung" which is the past participle of "sing." When you used "like" it was supfluous. You may wish to look that up.

    onecatinahat said:
    December 4, 2013 at 12:03 PM

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

    Jess said:
    December 5, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    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 said:
    December 11, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    "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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