Released cellphone footage, taken inside a New Jersey classroom, reportedly shows a teacher confronting her students and demanding that they “speak American.”
WPIX reported that a teacher at Cliffside Park High School said to a group of students: “Men and women are fighting. They are not fighting for your right to speak Spanish. They are fighting for your right to speak American.”
One student in the video is seen getting up from his desk and walking out of the classroom after the teacher’s appeal.
“You’re being racist,” the student can be heard saying. “I know how to speak English.”
The report said the school has a significant number of Spanish-speaking students.
One student who was interviewed after the incident claimed the teacher asked students to stop whispering in Spanish in the classroom.
A Facebook user, commenting on the story, said the teacher is a “great person,” and others said English should be spoken in classrooms out of respect for teachers.
However, a group of students is now calling for the teacher’s resignation and planning a walk-out at the school on Monday. The school’s superintendent has scheduled a Friday assembly to address the issue.
According to DML News CEO Dennis Michael Lynch, students who require ESL classes (English as a second language), will cost taxpayers up to as much as 50% more than students who are proficient in English. DML weighed in with his opinion on this story: “This teacher was spot on correct. Our public schools teach in English. Unless students are in a Spanish class, students should be speaking in the language to which the teacher is teaching, and the books are written. And that would be English. This teacher is a hero in my book.”
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