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Otter Mii-kun
January 10th, 2007, 04:16 PM
So much for multilingualism being so important that it has to be shoved down our throats-especially in product manuals, business/legal paperwork, and school curriculum laws! ~Otter Mii-kun

From http://kstptv5.com/article/stories/S21143.html?cat=1 :
Students kicked off school bus in St. Paul
Updated: 01/10/2007 12:44:22 PM


Imagine sending your kids off to school, but when they get to the bus they are told they can't get on because they speak English.

That's right, English.
Apparently discrimination practices don't just apply to race, gender, color, original nationality, or religion anymore (apparently discriminating on basis of language is legal now!)

It happened to a few children in St. Paul and now the school district is apologizing.

Rachel Armstrong sent her kids to pick up the bus as usual Monday, but after the driver let the kids on, he told them he would not pick them up again. He even said he wouldn't take them home that afternoon.

Armstrong left work early Tuesday, forced to pick up her kids from Phalen Lake Elementary School.

Her twin girls, 10, and her son, 8, were kicked off their regular school bus. They were told by the bus driver the route is for non-English speaking students only.

"I was furious. I was at work and I was just mad." Armstrong said. "I felt like we were being discriminated because we speak English. Just because they speak English, they can't ride the school bus. I mean, this is America, right?"

Administrators at St. Paul Public Schools admit the district made a mistake when it stranded the kids at school Monday.

However, the district points out, that particular bus route serves one of three language academies. The one at Phalen Lake is for Hmong students learning English.

The academies all have separate bus routes to keep its students together.

The district decided to enforce the separate routes beginning Monday, but it did not tell the Armstrong family.

"It is our responsibility to ensure the safety of these kids and we made a mistake. The kids should have gotten home that day," Dayna Kennedy, a public relations representative said.
Perhaps this is yet ANOTHER excuse to continue the Separate but UnEqual doctrine.

The district also discovered the Armstrongs no longer live in the Phalen Lake School boundary because they moved last year.

So even though the district apologized, if they want to still go to Phalen, they are going to have to get their own ride.

Red1530
January 10th, 2007, 05:31 PM
This one of the reasons English needs to be the national language of the United States.

Allstories
January 10th, 2007, 05:51 PM
The hell with that! Just teach everyone Esperanto and everything will be ducky.

Freddy krueger
January 10th, 2007, 06:24 PM
That sucks!! So what if those kids speak English >.< people need to get over themselves.....

Otter Mii-kun
January 10th, 2007, 06:28 PM
The hell with that! Just teach everyone Esperanto and everything will be ducky.I think real soon we'll all have to be speaking Spanish, Farsi, Arabic, and Chinese (state and federal governments will likely mandate these languages for all high school students too!)

Drifblim
January 10th, 2007, 06:43 PM
Well, as long as money can be made off translation....That's my major concern.

bmah
January 28th, 2007, 06:00 PM
The hell with that! Just teach everyone Esperanto and everything will be ducky.

I thought Esperanto was a failed language that doesn't really cure all. Also, the dominance of only one language homogenizes the variety of cultural languages all over the world.

Scales
January 28th, 2007, 10:38 PM
I am so glad that I live in Canada and that I barely see discrimnation seen legal. I mean you still see racism and Steriotypes. But not by government types. But come on you cant go on a Bus because you SPEAK THE NATIONAL LANGUAGE. COME ON. HOW F***ed up can you be. almost 3/4th of the country speaks that language. You cant let the national speaking persons on the bus that is In that country.

Red1530
January 29th, 2007, 05:10 PM
I am so glad that I live in Canada and that I barely see discrimnation seen legal. I mean you still see racism and Steriotypes. But not by government types. But come on you cant go on a Bus because you SPEAK THE NATIONAL LANGUAGE. COME ON. HOW F***ed up can you be. almost 3/4th of the country speaks that language. You cant let the national speaking persons on the bus that is In that country.Technically English is the de facto national language not the de jure national language.

Tensaiji
January 29th, 2007, 06:17 PM
Weird. My teachers are like that except in Spanish. They threaten us to get a detention if we speak Spanish. Funny thing is, my freinds and I don't really care at all.:D