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‘Speak English, we’re in America,’ Socorro High substitute teacher is caught on video telling Hispanic student

SOCORRO, Texas -- A substitute teacher who filled in earlier this week at Socorro High School is now under investigation after a video surfaced of her telling a male Hispanic student to, "Speak English, we're in America."

In an exclusive interview with ABC-7, junior Carlos Cobian says he walked into class watching a soccer match on his cell phone, while other students were also on their phones.

That's when Carlos says he was approached by the teacher, who asked for his cellphone.

Carlos says he answered in Spanish.

"¿Por qué?"

That's what Carlos asked the unnamed substitute teacher, who then responded in a moment caught on camera that has since gone viral.

"I was shocked, and then I got a little mad."

Carlos said he did not antagonize her. He says he had no clue why she chose to single him out when other students can be seen in the video on their phones.

"For her to come to teach at Socorro, being a sub, like 90% of the students here are Mexicans and Latinos."

Carlos said he does consider the comment to be racist.

He says the substitute teacher also called security on him. He was removed from class and questioned.

"She actually tried to say that I pushed her, but I didn't and some of the videos come out that I didn't really push her."

While describing his experience with security, Carlos explained that once they watched the video, they were calm. He also says he has not faced any disciplinary action regarding the incident.

Socorro Independent School District (SISD) tells ABC-7, "The incident in the video is being investigated. Appropriate action, per our employee code of conduct policies, will be taken."

The district provided ABC-7 with a link to their employee code of conduct being referenced in that statement.

A spokesman for the district also provided ABC-7 with the district's cell phone policy, per the student handbook.

Instructional Use of Personal Telecommunications and Other Electronic Devices:
In some cases, students may find it beneficial or might be encouraged to use personal telecommunications or other personal electronic devices for instructional purposes while on campus. Students must obtain prior approval before using personal telecommunications or other personal electronic devices for instructional use. When students are not using the devices for approved instructional purposes, all devices must be turned off during the instructional day. Violations may result in withdrawal of privileges and other disciplinary action.

This is the second incident at Socorro High School to be caught on cell phone video by students. Earlier this week, ABC-7 reported a teacher was seen on camera seemingly slapping a female student on her bottom.

That educator is currently on paid administrative leave while the district investigates.

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Trisha Garcia

Trisha Garcia is an ABC-7 producer.

Comments

28 Comments

  1. ‘Speak English, we’re in America.’ The teacher is exactly right. If I go to Mexico, I wouldn’t expect them to speak English. In this country, especially getting an education, speak the language. I’ve been all over the world. As a visitor, I don’t expect them to speak my language. In every country I went to, I learned enough phrases to ask directions, order food, etc. I know the phrase “Could you tell me where the bathroom is?” in about 15 languages! If you want to get educated in this country, learn ENGLISH!

  2. Good for the sub. Phones are only allowed with prior permission and for instructional use. And yes, speak English. Spanish teachers will never allow us to speak English in their class, we never called them racist.

  3. Speak English and speak English because we are in America are entirely two different things. Screw that uneducated AIDE. I bet she’s gonna feel very good walking our streets now.

    1. She’s absolutely right. And why are all these students on their phone. Lack of upbringing. Weak parents. My Mexicans parents always told me to speak English in school. After 23 years in the military I’m grateful for their upbringing. She’s doing her job as a educator. La “raza” needs to square away each other. Si no. Who?

  4. ESTAMOS EN AMERICA Y HABLO EL IDIOMA QUE YO QUIERA. Can one of the dummies above tell me which law says we have to speak a certain language. Thank you and screw all of you. . #bilinguals rule!

  5. She’s absolutely right. And why are all these students on their phone. Lack of upbringing. Weak parents. My Mexicans parents always told me to speak English in school. After 23 years in the military I’m grateful for their upbringing. She’s doing her job as a educator. La “raza” needs to square away each other. Si no. Who?

  6. Oh no the same hateful trolls are still spewing their hate on here :(. K1DPR, jamesben, fero2a and madmike272 will never change. Keep them in your prayers folks.

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