An Iowa man was forcibly removed from a kindergarten concert in Perry Thursday night after he started chanting, “English only, USA!” as soon as a Spanish speaker began her introduction.
A video of the event, which has been viewed on YouTube more than 355,000 times, shows an upset crowd at the Perry Performing Arts Center telling the man to “stop it” and “get out” as he is escorted out of the concert by school staff.
“Nothing — I’ve never heard anything like that, and it just hurt me really bad,” Sara Benedict, whose son performed in the concert, told a local CBS affiliate.
The man, who has not been identified, started screaming after adult speakers introduced the kindergartners in English and then in Spanish.
“As soon as that happened, like the guy stood up and started ranting and raving that like ‘English only,’ ” Ms. Benedict said.
“I think it kind of gives the wrong idea to the kids you know, like more bullying in schools,” said Juan Ordonez, whose nephew recorded the video, the CBS affiliate reported. “I told him we need to send the video, make sure somebody knows what’s going on in Perry and maybe they stop.
Perry schools superintendent M. Lynn Uben praised the school staff in an email for a “quick and appropriate response to an unfortunate disruption,” The Des Moines Register reported.
Iowa has seen a large increase in its Hispanic population. The Register reports Perry’s kindergarten class was approximately 50 percent Latino in the last school year.