A substitute teacher reportedly told fifth-grader Steven Zendejas to “go back to Mexico” if he didn’t want to say the Pledge of Allegiance at Swegle Elementary in Salem, Oregon.
Steven told KATU about the incident:
She said, “If you don’t want to sing, go back to Mexico” and that made me feel really, really bad.
Lillian Govus, a spokeswoman for the Salem-Keizer School District, said the substitute teacher won’t be allowed to work for the district any longer:
We’re really disappointed with what happened yesterday at Swegle Elementary. We pride ourselves on being a safe and welcoming school district. What that substitute said to that student doesn’t align with our values.
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