Teacher ‘told the Spanish student’ to go back to her country ‘because he was not standing during the national anthem
Teacher “told the Spanish student who is an American citizen to go back to her own country” after the youth did not rise during the national anthem
- The teacher made the comment during a meeting at the Senn High School
- Yesica Salazar, 17, says she didn’t get up as part of a protest at the event
- The teacher answered by telling her to go back to her own country
- Salazar, an American citizen, said she was offended and responded more
- The Chicago Public Schools are now investigating the January 30 incident
- The comments may violate the district’s anti-discrimination policy
A teacher in Chicago came under fire after he told a Spanish student, who is an American citizen, to go back to her country after she did not get up during the national anthem.
The teacher’s comments were made last month to a student at Nicholas Senn High School, who said she was stuck during the national anthem as part of a protest against police brutality, US immigration policy and anti-immigrant political rhetoric.
Yesica Salazar, 17, said the teacher replied by asking her if her legs were broken, and remembers being told “go back to my own country if I didn’t want to stand.”
A teacher at the Nicholas Senn High School in Chicago has come under fire because he has told a Spanish student, who is an American citizen, to return to her country when she did not stand during the national anthem and caused anger of protest.
Students have posted images and images of their protests (photo) on Twitter and demand that the teacher be removed. The instructor is not identified, but is described as a gym teacher on social media
“I felt very offended because my parents fought hard to be part of this country,” 17-year-old Salazar told the Chicago Sun Times.
The four students held a sit-in at the school on Wednesday to protest what they called the school’s slow response to their complaint and to insist on the teacher being removed from the school.
“I felt like we were running around,” Salazar said, explaining why the protest was being held.
The January 30 incident caused anger within the Chicago Public Schools, which responded with an investigation into the case amid student protests.
The teacher is not identified.
Social media has described the instructor as a gym teacher at the school, located on the north side of Chicago.
A spokesperson was not immediately available when DailyMail.com contacted.
If the allegations are true, the teacher’s comments would violate the district’s anti-discrimination policy.
“CPS is committed to promoting learning environments that embrace and support all students, and the alleged actions of the teacher in question run counter to our beliefs and priorities,” said district spokesman James Gherardi, the Associated Press reports.
Amidst anger of protests, the Chicago Public Schools have launched an investigation into the January 30 incident at the Nicholas Senn High School (photo). If the allegations are true, the teacher’s comments would violate the district’s anti-discrimination policy