Texas School Reportedly Bans Spanish 12-3-13
(Hemstead, TX.)-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.
That’s According to Houston CBS station KHOU.
Inside the walls of hempstead middle school, a language controversy is brewing.
Four students say their principal's announcement--- banning them from speaking spanish in class-- has given teachers and fellow students a hall pass to discriminate.
One student told KHOU: "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."
A letter sent home by the superintendent says, "Neither the district… or any campus… has any policy prohibiting the speaking of spanish."
The students feel-that has not been made entirely clear at their school.
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.
She says: "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.
Zamora adds: "It's wrong for them to do that. It's wrong for them to tell us to not speak Spanish at our school."
The classmates grew up speaking spanish at home…
They say it often comes as second nature when they're talking to each other at school.
One of the students told KHOU: "I'm not scared. I'm gonna keep speaking my language. That's my first language, and I'm gonna keep on doing it."
The principal has been placed on paid administrative leave while the district investigates.