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Friday, December 09, 2005

Spanish now cause for suspension

The Washington Post today releases a story about a 16-year old who was suspended from school in Kansas City for speaking Spanish. A teacher overheard him and another boy to the office, where Principal Jennifer Watts ordered him to call his father and leave the school.

The boy's father, stunned that his suspension had to do with language and not a disciplinary issue, asked the school to show him the policy. It doesn't exist. Fortunately, the superintendent reversed the suspension.

Legal action hasn't been ruled out. The boy's father in the article said, "I'm mainly doing this for other Mexican families, where the legal status is kind of shaky and they are afraid to speak up. Punished for speaking Spanish? Somebody has to stand up and say: This is wrong."

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