(Meredith) — Students at a New Jersey high school staged a walkout on Monday following a teacher advised three Spanish-speaking pupils to “talk American.”
“Men and women are fighting. They are not fighting for the right to talk Spanish,” the instructor said of U.S. soldiers. “They are fighting for your right to talk American.”
The instructor at Cliffside Park asked two of the pupils to stop whispering before the controversial statement was recorded in a video.
One pupil, 16-year-old Vianery Cabrera, said she and a friend were conversing in the Yankees at Spanish — that the language they were most comfortable with — when the instructor “snapped” at them NBC News reports.
While at least one teen renders the classroom in reaction the video shows pupils scoffing at the remarks of the teacher.
“First of all American isn’t a language. That is first,” freshman Omar Toledo told WPIX-TV. “I believe she was just trying to get her course to stop speaking Spanish, but she said it in the worst way possible.”
After the propagate pupils became angry and 100 pupils chose to take part in Monday’s walkout in protest.
Some pupils had been seen waving flags during the demonstration from Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
Based on U.S. census information, almost 30% of those Cliffside Park neighborhood is now Hispanic.
The Cliffside Park School District held a meeting Monday night to talk about exactly what the superintendent described as a staff matter, NorthJersey.com reports.
However, the college has not publicly commented on when it is going to penalize or how it’s handling the teacher’s remarks.
Pupils at a New Jersey high school staged a walkout on Monday following a teacher advised three Spanish-speaking pupils to “talk American.” (WPIX through CNN)