Texas Principal Who Banned Spanish Loses Job
Amy Lacey told students they could not speak it at school
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2014 5:34 PM CDT
   (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde)

(Newser) – A middle school principal near Houston who banned the speaking of Spanish on school grounds is out of a job, reports KHOU. The Hempstead School Board on Monday chose not to renew the contract of Amy Lacey, who set off a local firestorm on Nov. 12 when she announced, over the intercom, that her school would no longer tolerate kids speaking Spanish; she was placed on paid leave the following month. About half of the school's students are Hispanic, and Waller County has one of the state's fastest-growing populations of Hispanic residents, reports the Houston Chronicle.

The issue became so heated that the district's Hispanic superintendent says vandals have trashed her yard and strangers have taken photos of her house. Worse, school employees last month found that vandals damaged the brake lines of three school buses, two of which transported students before the the damage was discovered. Nobody was injured, and it's not certain the events are linked, but Hispanic advocacy groups have asked the Justice Department to open a hate-crime investigation. "A lot of this sounds like Mississippi in the 1950s and '60s," the director of one such group told the school board.

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Mar 20, 2014 3:51 PM CDT
If you'll excuse me, I have something racist to write: Name a single spanish speaking country with a 1st world economy.
Mar 20, 2014 12:39 PM CDT
I would actually encourage anyone to learn a second language because when you get a job in the future, you will make more money if you can speak a second language. A lot of jobs look for bilingual people now.
Mar 19, 2014 9:53 PM CDT
por que? there can be only answer... i think i;am in the world of Bizarro!! Everything Bizarro world does is deliberately backwards or the opposite of normal. where right is wrong & wrong is right!!