Southern California School District Places Teachers on Leave for Calling Immigrant (Mexican) Students Drunk and Lazy on Day Without Immigrants
The Southwest Political Report
By: Irene Sanchez
The Jurupa Unified School District in Southern CA is investigating social media posts made by at least six teachers that called students who participated in a Day without immigrants on February 16, 2017, “lazy” and “drunk”. They also posted about how the day without immigrants should be done more often and that the school was much better and cleaner without the students who participated or supported this protest for immigrant rights.
A woman named Guadalupe Lopez posted photos of the screenshots of the teachers conversations to her social media page and brought the sentiment of these teachers to light. What her posting did Thursday evening was begin a series of calls for the teachers to be held accountable by students, alumni (including myself), and concerned community members. Rubidoux High School currently serves about 1,600 students of which 91 percent are Chicanx/Latinx.
The original posts can be found here
According to The Press Enterprise, JUSD superintendent Duchon was seen greeting students on Friday morning at Rubidoux High School. There was also a planned conversation to take place between district staff and the students.
A statement from the JUSD website released by Superintendent Duchon states:
“We want to express that we are deeply concerned and distressed about the postings,” Duchon said in a statement posted on the district’s website. He added that the district would take “appropriate action.”
There will be a rally after school at 2:30pm on Friday at Rubidoux High School on Opal Street in Jurupa Valley, CA.
The Southwest Political Report will bring you photos from the rally.
Photo: Guadalupe Lopez