June 13th, 2012
10:00 AM ET

Complaint claims school district discriminated against Latino students

By Melissa Gray, CNN

(CNN) - Two advocacy groups filed a federal complaint Tuesday alleging a North Carolina school district's treatment of three Latino families was discriminatory because it did not provide important information in Spanish.

The Southern Poverty Law Center and Advocates for Children's Services, a project of Legal Aid of North Carolina, filed the complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Civil Rights.

They say that in the cases of three students and their Spanish-speaking parents, the Wake County Public School System failed to provide documents about the students' suspensions in Spanish.

That meant the parents, who speak limited English, were unable to ask questions or even appeal the suspensions, which discriminated against them on the basis of national origin and violated their civil rights, the groups say.

The school district responded by saying it has many programs in place to support and inform Latino and Spanish-speaking families. It also provided forms in Spanish,including notification of suspension, a form for parents to request information on disciplinary actions, and confirmation that a parent has made an appeal.

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  1. Sickening

    We speak English. If you wish to be in this country, LEARN IT FAST, and assimilate to our culture. We will not adapt to yours.

    I am presently in the South on business for the past two weeks, and I am so tired of Mexicans, I could scream. They sure "ugly" up the landscape.

    June 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jorge

      Sickening, what an appropriate name, I'm sure spending an evening listening to your complaints on society would be much more deconstructive to the digestive health of an unwary, unfortunate listener than gazing upon any kind of ethnically-diverse "landscape".

      June 14, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Ann

        I agree Jorge @ Sickening you have no one to blame but a race you are not even aware of. My husband and I go to Mexico every year and we dont know spanish we feel welcomed I dont see how having diffrent races affect us we go to their restaurants and we like having them around I have no problem with them at all.

        June 14, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |