Hempstead Independent School District (ISD) in Texas has confirmed that a middle school principal has been placed on leave after Hispanic students said that she forbid the entire school from speaking Spanish.
A group of students told KHOU that Hempstead Middle School Principal Amy Lacey announced over the intercom on Nov. 12 that they were no longer to use their native language in order to “prevent disruptions.”
It was over two weeks later before the superintendent sent a letter home insisting that “neither the district or any campus has any policy prohibiting the speaking of Spanish.”
But the students said that the effect of the ban had been chilling.
“People don’t want to speak it no more, and they don’t want to get caught speaking it because they’re going to get in trouble,” sixth-grade student Kiara Lozano explained to KHOU.
Some students felt that the principal gave teachers permission to discriminate against them.
“She was like no speaking Spanish,” eighth-grader Yedhany Gallegos recalled. “I was like that’s my first language. She said, well you can get out.”
I grew up in a border town in Texas where almost half of the kids in my class lived in Mexico, & I had multiple grade school teachers who also banned speaking Spanish in the classroom. This discrimination happens all too often in many schools & it just absolutely cripples the student’s ability to learn.
I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little. It’s exactly the reverse of what they’re saying. I don’t know where they went to school, but they certainly didn’t take a math course. Or a logic course.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg on NYPD’s Stop & Frisk program.
LOL, okay. Some stats:
- From 2002 to 2011, black and Latino residents made up close to 90 percent of people stopped.
- About 88 percent of stops – more than 3.8 million – were of innocent New Yorkers.
- Even in neighborhoods that are predominantly white, black and Latino New Yorkers face the disproportionate brunt. For example, in 2011, Black and Latino New Yorkers made up 24 percent of the population in Park Slope, but 79 percent of stops.
- In 2012, New Yorkers were stopped by the police 532,911 times
- 473,644 were totally innocent (89 percent).
- 284,229 were black (55 percent).
- 165,140 were Latino (32 percent).
- 50,366 were white (10 percent).
January 17, 2013
A Crown Heights man intends to sue the city after a group of cops allegedly beat him up in his home while shouting anti-gay slurs. Jabbar Campbell, a 32-year-old forensic specialist, was hosting a gay pride party at his Sterling Place apartment Saturday night when police came to his residence because of a noise complaint. Those officers left after telling the revelers to keep it down, but soon another group of officers returned—and Campbell says one of them disabled a surveillance camera in the building before they beat him up.
Campbell’s eight-room apartment occupies the entire second floor (there is currently no tenant on the first floor). A surveillance camera is installed in the vestibule, and Campbell has shared footage with the media that appears to show an officer reaching up to the camera and tampering with it. “They were trying to open the door, but it was locked,” Campbell tells the Daily News. “They were banging with their flashlights.
Shortly before 3 a.m. Campbell opened the door for the second group of officers. “There was a sergeant, he yelled ‘get him!’ and that’s when I got attacked,” Campbell tells the Post. “They kept saying, ‘stop resisting’ but I wasn’t resisting. I didn’t have any time to respond. One particular officer had a gloved fist and was hitting me in the face.” In his interview with the News, Campbell recalls, “They were screaming and cursing saying things like ‘fag,’ ‘homo,’ ‘a—hole,’ just a bunch of anti-gay slurs.”
Campbell says he sustained a black eye, split lip and bloodied mouth during the alleged assault. At some point after his arrest he was taken to the hospital, then held for 24 hours after being treated. He was charged with resisting arrest, attempted assault, and pot possession. According to a copy of the criminal complaint obtained by the Post, police say Campbell refused to “discontinue a party” and then pushed Sgt. Juan Morero, “attempted to flee and flailed his arms at cops and behaved ‘belligerently’ as he tried to fight with them.”
But his attorney says the footage of an NYPD officer tampering with the surveillance camera will be a key element in his lawsuit. “They were trying to conceal the evidence by turning the camera away,” the lawyer, Herb Subin, tells the News. “They committed a hate crime inside a gay pride event.”