A Hispanic student in New Jersey was instructed time after time to practice English, but she smugly refused. Eventually, her teacher had enough of her disrespect and issued a brutal eight-word reality check to the Spanish-speaking girl, and it was all caught on video. Although many people say that we need more educators like this, her response to the disobedient student’s insubordination caused more than a little controversy.
Seventeen-year-old Yennifer Pinales was speaking Spanish in one of her classes at Cliffside Park High School in New Jersey, when her teacher, Laura Amico, decided to set her straight. According to BizPac Review, the no-nonsense English teacher told Pinales that “the men and women who are fighting aren’t fighting for your right to speak Spanish, they’re fighting for your right to speak American” in front of the entire class.
“She said, ‘I’m so fed up with you speaking Spanish. I told you to practice your English,” Pinales recounted. “The teacher should apologize. She didn’t only offend me, she offended a whole community. I’m not asking her to lose her job. And if she doesn’t feel comfortable working with people speaking a second language then she should go someplace else.”
“the men and women aren’t fighting for your rights to speak Spanish they’re fighting for your rights to speak American”a teacher said this.. pic.twitter.com/Iyuo1G6eDV
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After Amico’s admonition of Pinales was caught on video and spread widely over social media, about two dozen students from Cliffside Park High School staged a walkout during school hours in protest of the teacher.
“It won’t be the last time, it won’t be the first time, but addressing the situation hopefully will change something,” said high school junior Jasmeen Velasco, as reported by ABC 7. “She had no right to say that, especially in a classroom full of Hispanic kids, do you understand me? We all agreed that we were going to walk out during the fourth period but since our principal knew it was going to happen, we didn’t know what was going to happen, whether they would try to stop us,” added Velasco. “But we decided to walk out a period earlier so we could come out here and support.”
“I didn’t get more offended over the language, I got more offended over the soldier aspect,” said high school junior Eren Dayakli. “Like how men and women fight for us to speak American instead of Spanish, even though both of my uncles were in the military. They weren’t born here, they immigrated here from Turkey,” he said.
The difference, of course, is that Dayakli’s uncles immigrated from Turkey legally. We don’t have a problem with illegal Turkish immigrants invading our border and sucking up every last resource taxpayers have made available, nor do we have a problem with the public speaking Turkish, when the native tongue is English.
It used to go without saying that, in the United States of America, English was spoken in the classroom. However, thanks to years and years of open borders, our schools have been overrun with Hispanic children who do not speak English as a first language. Furthermore, they aren’t being made to learn proper English once they’re in our country.
Laura Amico should have been applauded by the school for mandating that her students speak English in an American classroom. She is an English teacher, after all. Sadly, though, that isn’t what happened. Amico was forced to apologize to the entire school over the PA system during morning announcements before she was permitted to return to teaching class. Pathetic. This is where the progressive agenda has gotten us.
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