Sixth-grade students at Mill Middle School in the Williamsville Central School District received an assignment, obtained by CNN, for their Spanish class in which they had to translate sentences from English to Spanish.
One of the sentences read, “You (friend) are Mexican and ugly,” while another in the same worksheet read, “You (politely) are pretty and American.”
“We are addressing this situation to ensure this does not happen again. The district does not tolerate any educational materials that disparage our students, families, culture, or beliefs,” the statement said. “This assignment does not meet our standards and will be handled appropriately.”
The Williamsville Central School District is located on the outskirts of Buffalo in upstate New York.
CNN was unable to confirm the identity of the teacher or the potential consequences the person could face. Nick Filipowski, the school district’s director of communications, told CNN they would not comment on this incident beyond the statement they released.
“I personally don’t think this Spanish teacher – or anyone who endorses this type of program content – has a place in WCSD or anywhere else,” Florencio said, adding that the assignment showed a “gross lack of ethnic sensitivity.” . and bias.”
Several other parents expressed concern in posts on the school district’s Facebook page.
“As a Latina whose children attend Mill and Williamsville, I am completely in shock,” one mother wrote.
Another Hispanic mother criticized the posting.
Complaints ignored by school district parents
School officials have received complaints about potentially racist or offensive behavior from teachers for several years but have been met with silence, according to social media comments from people who call themselves parents of students of the district or went themselves to Mill Middle.
“Wow. Complained about this assignment at Casey Middle…3 years ago,” one comment read. “Nothing was done.”
Another comment slammed an anonymous middle school Spanish teacher where homework was given to students.
“Principal didn’t respond to me as of December 21,” she said in the tweet, which was posted on January 10. .”
CNN contacted several parents at the school, some of whom publicly expressed outrage at the mission, but all declined to comment.
District and Mill Middle School officials have so far not responded to CNN’s request for comment on the veracity of the allegations, citing only their publicly released statement.
“I just know that all the Latino families in the school district are very offended,” Meny Marquez, a Mexican parent whose two children attend South High School, one of 13 schools in Williamsville Central, told CNN.
Although his children do not attend the same middle school where the homework was assigned, Marquez said he thinks the teacher should be disciplined.
“This teacher should be suspended or corrected in some way. This only promotes racism among students and I don’t want this for my two Mexican-American children,” he said.
CNN’s Ana Melgar-Zuniga and Mirna Alsharif contributed to this report.