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Hispanic Students BANNED By Texas Principal From Speaking Spanish in School (Video)

This November 12, students at Hempstead Middle School came home with some troubling news: their Principal, Amy Lacey, announced over the intercom that  students could no longer speak Spanish in class.

Students say that this has given others at the school, including teachers, a license to discriminate. Eighth grader Tiffani Resurez told KHOU that “there’s one teacher that said, if you speak Spanish in my class, I’m going to write you up.” A sixth grader, Kiara Lozano explained that “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.” Another eighth grader, Yedhany Gallegos was told “no speaking Spanish.” She explained that it was her first language — and was told to “Get out.”

This announcement created an atmosphere of fear for Hempstead Middle School’s Hispanic population, which comprises more than 50 percent of the school. The school district finally, after two weeks of delays, issued a letter to parents clarifying that it had no official policy banning the speaking of Spanish.

Hempstead ISD spokeswoman Laurie Bettis released a written statement that explained that Lacey was on “paid leave” while the matter is investigated:

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.

Unfortunately, the damage to these students has already been done.

Watch a report on the incident below:

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  • CeeDee

    When I was in high school, in my Spanish class, our teacher forbade us to speak English. Hmmm, wonder if all these hoopla would have happened if the media got a hold of this!

    • https://plus.google.com/104289312051776613190 John Sheehan

      No silly…thats called immersion. it is very common to do in a foreign language class. if it was only English class you might have a case. As it is you do not…

  • Margie

    I have seen many people who have gone through our educational system and can’t speak English! If they are forced to use only English at school, their chances are better of being fluent! From my perspective, Hispanics are coddled here by having signs in Spanish. It is ludicrous to me that our ballots are bi-lingual! If you want to be a citizen, at least learn the language! At our local DMV, one of the women is unintelligible as she just doesn’t grasp English. Hey, if you want to drive, learn the language! To have an employee effectivelly just for them makes no sense!

    • Bob Cull

      There is a major difference between having an accent and not understanding the language, Margie. To be honest I had to reread some of your comment to understand it, in places you reminded me of a David Sedaris essay called “Me talk pretty one day.”

  • amyable

    All I see is an inability to tolerate other cultures. Sure, English may not be a student’s first or even second language, but because they are going to school here, they ARE learning English and WILL master it. I can’t believe that these people are in education. They should know that studies show being bilingual actually has positive effects on cognitive development and metalinguistic awareness. If their concern is that students are speaking negatively about their teachers and such…well, I can see very well why. Hempstead Middle School pretty much handed them things to talk negatively about on a silver platter.

  • Hooper


    How about if we give the principal the benefit of the doubt, since we dont’ really know, and say that she wanted her non-English first students to practice English as much as possible. Surely even you liberals, who hate everything American including its most common language, might agree that demanding that students push their envelope when learning a language. Even if it makes them uncomfortable. The principle knows that is when we learn the most.

    But, let’s not make anything uncomfortable. As long as the liberals can feel good about themselves.and the Spanish speaking or Russian speaking or French speaking students … well it’s just too bad for them.

  • Hooper

    John, please try to read. I never said that these kids should be speaking only English. I maintain, however, that this principle may recognize that her students would be better served if they were to speak only English in school.

    Why would you willingly put these kids at a disadvantage from first language English speaking kids? Because you want to feeeeeeel good? They’re paying a high price for your sensibilities.

    • https://plus.google.com/104289312051776613190 John Sheehan

      I CERTAINLY CAN READ …You cant seem to comprehend the fact that these children may not have any problem AT ALL speaking English well…you ASSUME they dont…why is that? YOU ARE USING HOW THEY LOOK AS YOUR INDICATOR… at least thats all anyone here has to go on…you also keep ignoring the fact that the district has taken this Principal out of the school. They also have no policy against speaking Spanish in school…so keep on railing against the fact these kids speak Spanish to each other in school…HIJOLE!

  • http://gravatar.com/xenubarb xenubarb

    The most bilingual in Latino families are often the children, who translate for their elders who don’t grasp English as well. These kids are already bilingual, so any argument Hooper has is fail from the beginning.

    To continue his argument, he would have to be unaware of the definition of ‘bilingual.’

  • Hooper

    As is usual, you attribute to conservatives positions that they do not hold, then proceed to vilify them for those very same positions. A tired and ridiculous tactic, but that obviously works for the likes of Juliet and other low information voters.

  • https://www.facebook.com/Eldergothfather John Guerra

    Sad principal, she can only be stupid in one language…

  • glory

    I bet this school district is paying a teacher to teach spanish in the high schools. They have a wonderful opportunity with these young students to help all students get more comfortable with other languages. And before anyone responds “we only need english” remember America has been teaching it students differant languages for at least 50 years so our youth could succeed internationally.

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  • Veteran

    Welcome to bagger hell, oops texass

  • https://www.facebook.com/paul.fredine Paul Fredine

    on paid leave? this asswad should be immediately fired, never to have further contact with children.

  • Bob Cull

    No surprise — No one can go all medieval on your a** like Texas. I know a lot of good people from there unfortunately everyone in power is a mouth breathing knuckle walker with a brain the size of a sunflower seed.

    • http://gravatar.com/xenubarb xenubarb

      Somebody had to vote them into office…just sayin.

  • Hooper

    Yes, let’s make sure that these kids are as handicapped as much as possible in order that liberals can feeeeeeeeeeel good.

    • https://plus.google.com/104289312051776613190 John Sheehan

      Knowing only one language actually can be the handicap…these kids already know how to speak english…unless they just got here…end then they are usually placed in an ESOL program…nice of you to bring politics into it though…stay “conservative”…you know…dont ever learn anything…just “conserve” what you have!

      • Hooper

        Unless the one language is Spanish, then knowing only it is a handicap.

        But it’s much more important to sacrifice these kids on the altar of diversity and for liberals to feel good about themselves then it is to give them the best chance to succeed. If you really cared for these kids, you would be applauding this principal and demanding that every other school practice English immersion. But you don’t care. You only feign at caring because it makes you feel better about yourself. The narcissism of liberalism is astonishing – plus the utter disdain for your fellow man.

        • Jim

          Admit it Hooper, you’d throw them out for not being white regardless of the language they spoke

        • Simon

          It’s a question of freedom of speech, Hooper. Note the principal banned the use of Spanish in non-educational contexts, not just in direct instruction.

          That’s not English immersion – which is the use of English-only in classroom education. That’s a violation of the First Amendment.

          • Bob Cull

            Hooper is fully cognizant of the right of others to free speech, Simon. He fully supports your right to speak — as long as you agree with his far right philosophy, that it what the first amendment covers, just as it guarantees your right to religious freedom, you are free to be a Christian, it never was intended to protect all those other “fake” religions.

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        • Juliet

          Hooper: this is about kids not being able to talk to each other casually or fearing TRYING to participate in class. They’re learning English, but there will be times when they don’t yet know the English words. So Pedro and Maria may know the answers, but don’t even try to answer lest the teachers scold them (and then get called ‘stupid’ or ‘uncooperative’).

        • https://plus.google.com/104289312051776613190 John Sheehan

          Yeah Hooper…you have no idea if these kids have a problem with English or if the principle doesnt want them to speak Spanish with each other do you…this is a first amendment issue sir…i take it since you are throwing out labels without actually knowing how I vote that you are a CONservative right? Conserve your ignorance…they are permitted by the Constitution to be able to speak any language they want…I guess you dont know that do you…they are in middle school and they may even have been born here and speak English just fine…you assume too much. WHAT A PATRIOT YOU ARE FOR SUPPRESSING THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS! If this was such a good idea…why does SHE have the problem now?

          • Hooper

            Maybe it’s a question of academic freedom? Or does that only count when a teacher is telling students to stomp on a picture of freedom?

            Frankly, I couldn’t care less how you vote. Your comments are ridiculous. Of course they can speak any language they wish. But, perhaps, while they are in school one might wish them to use all the tools available to make them as proficient in English as possible?

          • https://plus.google.com/104289312051776613190 John Sheehan

            well Hooper…you started throwing the “liberals” word around so obviously you do care how people vote…and what is ridiculous is your attitude that these kids should speak only English…even though their English may be just fine…Academic freedom does not include the freedom to restrict the 1st amendment or maybe to you it does…keep defending the indefensible…the school district has a big problem with that principal…I see you dont…you cant restrict their freedoms while they are in the cafeteria or in the halls…but i guess you think the principal can…it IS a first amendment issue!

          • https://plus.google.com/104289312051776613190 John Sheehan

            Hooper….”The letter that went home on Dec. 2 stated that “neither the district or any campus has any policy prohibiting the speaking of Spanish.”……..and I see that she called for no Spanish in class…but i am sure that is for speaking among each other…not replying to the teacher in a language the teacher may not understand…that is probably the problem…some teacher who doesnt speak any Spanish wanted it banned.

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