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A middle school principal in Hempstead, Texas is now on administrative leave after allegedly forbidding students to speak Spanish while in class in order to prevent disruptions.

According to students at Hempstead Middle School, who’s student population is 50% Hispanic, on  Nov. 12, Principal Ann Lacey made the announcement over the intercom, but it took two weeks for the superintendent to send a letter home stating that “neither the district or any campus has any policy prohibiting the speaking of Spanish.”

Although Lacey is currently on leave, there are some students who still feel afraid to speak their language in school.

From KHOU:

“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,” said sixth-grade student Kiara Lozano.

A number of students believe the principal’s announcement has given some teachers and fellow classmates a hall pass to discriminate.

“There’s one teacher that said, if you speak Spanish in my class, I’m going to write you up,” said eighth-grader Tiffani Resurez.

More than 50 percent of the students enrolled at Hempstead Middle School are Hispanic. That’s according to greatschools.org.

Students said the school has not resolved the confusion surrounding the principal’s attempt to ban the Spanish language in class.

“She was like no speaking Spanish,” explained eighth-grader Yedhany Gallegos. “I was like that’s my first language. She said, well you can get out.”

Gallegos and many of her classmates grew up speaking Spanish at home. She said speaking Spanish with her friends at school comes as second nature.

Some parents feel the district has yet to get to the root of the problem.

“Why are you punishing our children like this?” asked mother Cynthia Zamora.

The school district sent out a memo ensuring parents and students that the incident is currently under investigation:

“We are continuing to ‘Create a Culture of Excellence’ which includes embracing all students of all cultural and diverse backgrounds. Our priorities are our students.

“The district has received allegations regarding this issue and the district is investigating the matter. 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.”

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  • White people trying to control and erase the culture of brown people. What else is new?

    • Jessica

      The one thing that has held all of the US ethnic groups together as one nation has been the willing adoption of English by immigrants. Everybody speaks the same language. Eventually immigrants join the American patchwork, and experience a kind of commonality because they speak English and understand the American lexicon.

      Never in the history of this nation have close to 40 million illegals invaded our land, and have brought with them demands that America and Americans change, because it would make them it easier for those who have broken law to be here, and have broken laws to stay here. They are not here to become Americans. Their plan is to hijack American economic and political power. Their allegiance to where they came from supercedes any allegiance they have to America. Two weeks ago it was reported that the amount of money latinos send back to their native countries has doubled since the year 2000. We are talking about billions and billions of dollars, that Americans will never see again.

      Hispanics come from as many as 20 Spanish speaking nations. They outnumber African Americans. These nations are notorious for their anti-black social caste systems. They have brought their anti-black attitudes with them to America. Mexican gangs have indiscriminately murdered so many black people in California, that the court system has officially declared that they are practicing “ethnic cleansing” against black Americans. Over the past 35 years, almost 33% of black Californians have relocated back to southern states.

      In Chicago, the police have warned that hispanic gangs (there are over 300.000 Latin Lord gang members in the Chicago land area running guns to black gangs that are terrorizing black communities with the hispanic intent to drive black people out of the major cities), have been abducting lone black women in cars, and raping them to jump members into gangs. The method is to find a lone black woman in a car, or going to a car; block her with two gang vehicles, then abduct her. Black cops have reported these incidents to black women.

      For those of you who have delusional ideas about a black and brown coalition, put yourself in check. They are using you. Amnesty for 40 million illegal foreigners will set up what they call “a new Latino Nation” in our midst that will give instant political power to people who have no allegiance to black Americans.
      They have the weight of governments and cartel money working on their behalf to hijack American political power.

      An example that will show you how the fix is in, Public Television has funded Hispanic Public Television. When I turn on my TV I can find at least 15 or more hispanic stations. Yet PBS uses African American popular culture retro music to raise money on their telethons in order to fund hispanic documentaries.

      Has PBS funded African American Public TV production? We all know the answer is “no.” African American history and African American music warrants black PBS production entity funding, yet they find it more politically expedient to respond to the demands of those who want to change the demographics of our nation. Wake up Black America, you are drowning in a sea of deception.

  • Magnolia

    They used to do the same thing to Creole and Cajun children in school. They would punish them when they spoke French.

  • “neither the district or any campus has any policy prohibiting the speaking of Spanish.”
    Maybe it’s time it became prohibited. I’m sorry, but all these foreigners come to this country (legally and illegally) and want to cling to their culture. If they want to speak Spanish, then they should go back to wherever they came from. If they are in our school systems where the official language is English, then that’s what should be spoken. Why must WE have to acclimate to THEIR customs, traditions, and language because our country is being overrun by people of Spanish decent… I’m so over this!

    • Jenny

      You sound like those people who go on vacation to foreign countries and complain about no one speaking English. They’re not seeking anyone to assimilate to their customs, but clearly you missed that in the midst of your ignorance.

      SMH

  • Jay

    Thank you for saying this! I am from California so Spanish is spoken everywhere but people fail to understand that not everyone speaks spanish. I have had people tell me I need to learn spanish. Why should I ? Trust me when I say plenty of my friends spoke spanish in class just so they could talk about the teacher.