'Teacher Of The Year' Suspended For Offensive Comment, Telling Hispanic Student To 'Go Back To Mexico'
Posted 2/19/2012 10:47 pm
Looks like this two-time "Teacher of the Year" will not be in the running to win the esteemed honor this year because of her derogatory comment to a Hispanic student: "Go back to Mexico."
Instead, 63-year-old Texas math teacher Shirley Bunn is fighting to keep her job.
Bunn made the comment on Sept. 30 while distributing Title 1 forms to her eighth grade students at Barnett Junior High School. Dallas-Fort Worth's Fox 4 reports that a disruptive student requested a Spanish-language version of the form, saying, "I'm Mexican. I'm Mexican."
According to public record, Bunn attempted to tell the student that he could retrieve forms translated into Spanish from the main office, but the student continued to repeat "I'm Mexican."
Bunn quickly responded, "[Then] go back to Mexico."
The school board placed Bunn on paid leave following the incident, until an Independent Hearing Examiner could review the case.
"It was almost instantaneous. I thought, 'God, I don't believe that came out of my mouth,'" Bunn told The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
"It was a very, very hard week, the end of six weeks. It was late in the day. It was a Friday. We were on the third day of the first curriculum assessment and I knew it wasn't going well. It was just an extremely bad day," Bunn said.
The school board is expected to decide Bunn's fate before next month.
Posted 2/19/2012 10:54 pm
It is bad enough what teachers have to contend with but now we have this invasion of illegal immigrants who HATE this country and are bleeding the WORKING tax payers dry! She spoke the truth..something people can't do in my country anymore
Posted 2/19/2012 11:07 pm
I don't see how that could be offensive. She was telling an idiot student to go back to a place that he keeps repeating that he's from. Maybe his parents should step in and learn to parent and teach their child how to respect their teachers and shut up.
Posted 2/19/2012 11:25 pm
There was nothing offensive about her remark. The offensive remark came from the student. If he believes he is a "Mexican" then he indeed needs to go back to Mexico. Too many "American-Mexicans" identify themselves as Mexicans first and Americans second.