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NJ High School Students Walk Out After Teacher Instructs Student To Speak ‘American’

In today’s politically correct world, radars are constantly up to detect insensitive or inappropriate behavior. In addition to the radar, many folks have another tool at their disposal. Smartphones are incredibly common, and it’s pretty easy to capture some video in a snap.

As such, matters of ‘he said, she said’ can be captured for all to see, and that can lead to folks being caught red-handed. As the Huffington Post shares, that’s what happened in this New Jersey high school, and students instituted a walkout protest in response.

The incident in question went down at Cliffside Park High School. A student was chatting with a friend in Spanish while the teacher was sharing a lesson. The lesson revolved around United States soldiers and the teacher had a curt reply for the students that were chatting.

It was captured on video.

“They’re not fighting for your right to speak Spanish,” the teacher said. “They’re fighting for your right to speak American.”

The students that were chatting were kicked out of class by the angry teacher, who told them they were being ‘disrespectful.’ The video was quickly uploaded and shared, and it went viral from that point.

Word quickly spread around the school from that point as well, and about 100 students decided to stage a walkout in response. The student that was reprimanded by the teacher, 16-year-old Vianery Cabrera, offered up his take on the situation to NBC Latino.

“I laughed, because, first of all, that’s not a language. I have the right to speak Spanish. I have the right to speak English,” he said. “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.”

Fair point, but there’s still a lot to unpack here. For starters, the teacher was in the wrong. She had every right to request that the students stop chatting while she was teaching the class, but she certainly could’ve handled things much better.

There was no need to address the language that the kids were speaking, and she made herself look incredibly foolish by doing so.

That being said, was this really something that required students staging a walkout over? There was crystal clear video evidence of the incident - which is another matter entirely - and that could’ve easily been presented to school administrators to deal with swiftly.

Let’s suppose for a second that the administrators didn’t respond to the situation adequately - would that be enough to justify a walkout? Perhaps, but it also could be further escalated up the food chain until an appropriate response was given.

In any event, the matter was handled poorly by the teacher in question, and this wouldn’t even be a story if she would’ve done a better job. As for the students, we would suggest saving the walkouts, protests, and whatnot for matters that can’t be solved by school administrators in little more than 30 seconds.

Source: The Huffington Post
Photos: YouTube, Google Maps, WILX

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