Friday, July 22, 2011

Big Bear Middle School: Lawsuit accuses teacher of ethnic remark against Big Bear Middle School student - latimes.com

Big Bear Middle School: Lawsuit accuses teacher of ethnic remark against Big Bear Middle School student - latimes.com

In June 2010, the suit says, the teacher asked Coral if she was Mexican after the girl entered a performing arts class wearing a soccer jersey with "Mexico" on it. The girl replied that she was.

"Why are you here? Why are you in my country?" Carpenter asked Coral, according to the lawsuit. "Because this is my country. And because of people like you, I pay high taxes, and because of people like you, my insurance is sky high."

Coral fled the room crying. She went to the principal's office and later returned to class. She continued crying, and Carpenter told her to leave, the suit alleges.

The next day, Coral said, she spent the class period helping the custodian pick up trash.

"When I learned she spent her class period picking up trash, when she should have been learning," said her mother, Diana Aviles, who started to cry, "I was outraged."

The girl, who ultimately changed classes, said at a news conference Thursday that the experience left her feeling "hurt and humiliated."

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