NJ teacher blasted for telling hispanic students to 'speak American'

Students walkout of class after racist comment

Students walkout of class after racist comment

The school says it encourages students who struggle with English to practice, but Pinales speaks Spanish because she wants to and is also in the process of learning French.

In the original video recorded by a student, the teacher at Cliffside Park High School can be heard saying, "Men and women are fighting, they're not fighting for your right to speak Spanish".

"This is a teacher in Cliffside Park High School; she isn't allowing the student to express his constitutional right". "I didn't get more offended over the language, I got more offended over the soldier aspect", said high school junior Eren Dayakli.

A student who was present during the class said that the teacher initially asked students speaking in Spanish to stop whispering multiple times. The teacher is heard on the video saying, "They're not fighting for your right to speak Spanish, they're fighting for your right to speak American".

A post on Twitter indicated students planned a walkout during fourth period Monday, but students began walking out just before 10 a.m., saying they made a decision to do it during second period instead.

'This school is not a negative school, ' said Carmen Benitez, a senior at Cliffside Park H.S.

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The video, a 26-second clip first published on NorthJersey.com on Friday, shows a teacher screaming at a student, insisting he speak only in English.

"You're being racist", one student says as he leaves the classroom in disgust. Some waved flags out of the school windows and on the front lawn to represent their culture. Others online, meanwhile, defended the teacher as a good person and good teacher. "One teacher can not and will never represent the incredible men and women who teach us and who are my friends and fellow students".

"This is a teacher in Cliffside Park High School; she isn't allowing the student to express his constitutional right", Maria Reyes, a 2014 graduate of the school, wrote on Facebook.

"School is supposed to be a save environment for children to learn, not a place where you feel attacked", said freshman Herbert Rodriguez.

What's more, a walk-out was planned for Monday morning.

Those who walked out of the classroom in the video were not reprimanded.

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