- The Washington Times - Monday, October 16, 2017

Dozens of students at a north New Jersey high school walked out of classes Monday morning to protest a video showing a teacher apparently scolding Spanish-speaking students.

In a video that made local media headlines over the weekend, a teacher at Cliffside Park High School was recorded in class telling students, “Men and women are fighting. They are not fighting for your right to speak Spanish, they are fighting for your right to speak American.”

The remark sparked outrage and students were seen in the video gathering their things and walking out of class.

“Goodbye,” the unidentified teacher responded. “Goodbye!”

Dozens of students, some wearing or waving flags representing their heritage, walked out of classes and protested in front of the school Monday, NorthJersey.com reported. The students reportedly said they were threatened with suspensions if they left class.

Kleidon Ndreu, president of the high school student council, said a closed-session board of education meeting was planned to discuss the incident, NJ.com reported.

“It’s very premature,” Mr. Ndreu said of possible disciplinary actions against the teacher. “We need to let the administration do what it is going to do. They are taking this very seriously.”

Cliffside Park’s population is about 28 percent Hispanic, NJ.com reported.

“Mostly every student here is basically from another country,” student Seda Avci told NorthJersey.com. “So it hurts other people, knowing that they don’t want them to speak their own language.”

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