Dec 13, 2005

Que horror!

From the "You've got to be kidding me" department:

A Kansas high school student is suing his school because he was suspended for speaking Spanish in the hallway.

The attorney for 16-year-old Zach Rubio filed the lawsuit over the weekend. The suit details how the phrase "no problema" got Rubio suspended.

So here's what happened. Zach (a U.S. citizen) was walking down the hallway in his school when a teacher overheard him say "no problema." The teacher told him that he should speak English, because "this isn't Mexico."

Principal Jennifer Watts suspended him, and now Rubio is suing the school.

The suspension has since been reversed and Superintendent Bobby Allen has apologized.

From a statement released by the school district:

The Turner School District takes great pride in the cultural diversity of its students, staff and community and does not prohibit students from speaking in any language other than English and has taken steps to ensure that incidents of this nature do not occur in the future.

Riiiiiight. Fire that stupid teacher then.

I seriously hate hearing shit like this. I don't even know what to say. Fucking celebrate diversity, people. Get a grip.

Thanks to Ang for the link.


Ann Spam said...

That's flipping nuts.

Have a good week though.

Comandante AgĂ­ said...

They could have been terrorists planning to attack the school. You never know.

Jet said...

The principal upheld the teacher's discipline -- what's up with that?

Oh, riiiight. Kansas.

Nuff said.

mrgumby2u said...

Speaking of getting a grip, though; is this worth firing a teacher for? The teacher exercised poor judgement and deserves some kind of reprimand, but firing? And if the suspension has been reversed and the superintendent has apologized, why is the lawsuit continuing? What more does the kid need?

Presidente Vincente Fox said...

"What more does the kid need?"

Mas dinero de la escuela por frijoles y carne de burro.

JoyM said...

That is frightening! Living in a big city, you forget sometimes that the rest of the country isn't as comfortable with diversity.