Employee at Dallas-area school named after the Obamas is suspended for ‘threatening 14-year-old Hispanic student born in the US with deportation over dress code violation’
- Staffer at Barack and Michelle Obama Ninth Grade Center in Lancaster, Texas, was put on leave
- Mother at the school says the worker told her son, who is a citizen, that President Trump is working on a law to have him deported
- School employee also allegedly showed the student a coin with the acronym ‘ICE’ on it
- The 14-year-old landed in trouble for failing to wear a belt to school and for responding to the staffer’s question by saying ‘yeah’ instead of ‘yes, sir’
A mother from a Dallas suburb claims a staffer at her son’s high school threatened the 14-year-old Hispanic student with deportation – even though he is a US citizen.
The alleged incident took place at the Barack and Michelle Obama Ninth Grade Center on South Centre Avenue in Lancaster and resulted in the employee’s suspension.
The mother spoke to CBS DFW, telling the station that her son come to class one morning without a belt, which is required under the school’s strict dress code, and was disciplined for the violation.
A staffer at the Barack and Michelle Obama Ninth Grade Center in Lancaster, Texas, has been placed on leave for allegedly threatening a Hispanic student with deportation
The boy’s mother says her son is a US citizen and contrary to what the staffer had told him, she too, is living in the country legally. She chose to protect her identity for fear of retaliation
While sitting in suspension, a staffer, described as an African-American man, allegedly told the teenager, who was born in the US, that he could face deportation.
‘He told him, “Even though you are a citizen, Trump is working on a law where he can deport you, too, because of your mom’s status,”‘ the boy’s mother said.
The woman says she is living in the US legally, but she did not wish to reveal her identity for fear of retaliation.
According to the mother, the school worker also showed her son a coin depicting the acronym ‘ICE’ and an eagle in flight.
‘Basically, he was afraid. You show him this ICE thing,’ said the woman of her teenage son. ‘He doesn’t know what that is. All he knows, he knows what’s going on right now.’
The woman said she felt humiliated and embarrassed on behalf of her son.
The staffer, described as a black man, allegedly showed the student this coin with the acronym ‘ICE’ on it. The mother said the experience frightened her son
When the family went to the high school to confront officials about the incident, the mother said they were told that the staffer tried to teach her son a lesson for responding ‘yeah’ instead of ‘yes, sir.’
The Lancaster Independent School District has placed the staffer on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
‘Lancaster ISD does not support nor will we tolerate behavior that promotes division,’ the district said in a statement. ‘Our district takes pride in being an inclusive district that puts students first regardless of their background. It is our goal to ensure a quality education for all students and a safe learning environment.’