A New Jersey high school teacher who told a student to speak English inside her classroom is facing severe backlash.
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A student filmed the teacher at Cliffside Park High School lecturing a classmate for speaking Spanish instead of English. Click here to watch the video.
One of the students told NBC News they were chatting in Spanish about a Yankees playoff game. The student said they feel more comfortable speaking in Spanish than English.
That’s when the teacher lectured the students — telling he class that soldiers were fighting for their freedom.
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“They are not fighting for your right to speak Spanish,” the teacher said. “They are fighting for your right to speak American.”
“I laughed, because, first of all, that’s not a language,” the student told NBC News. “I have the right to speak Spanish. I have the right to speak English. I have the right to speak whatever language I speak, and that’s my right. There’s no law that says that I should or I must speak English.”
The teacher’s lecture enraged the town’s Latin American community, North Jersey News reports.
“She isn’t allowing the student to express his constitutional right,” one recent graduate said.
Another student accused the teacher of being close-minded.
“You’re being racist,” a student said in the video. “I know how to speak English.”
The school district has not commented publicly on the incident or whether the unidentified teacher will face any punishment.
Quite frankly, the teacher deserves a raise and a pat on the back.
She has a right to implement discipline and order in the classroom. She has a right to set rules and regulations dictating conduct.
And to suggest that petulant children who mutter in a foreign tongue have a constitutional right to disobey their teacher is just muy loco.
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