"Tagalog ban" in U.S. school has Fil-Am parents up in arms vs. principal

Balitang America reports that Flipino parents are petitioning to oust Karen Velasquez-the principal of Precious Blood Catholic School in Los Angeles-for allegedly "banning Tagalog from being spoken in school by parents, teachers, and students."

Fil-Am parents want to oust Karen Velasquez, the principal of Precious Blood Catholic School in Los Angeles, for (among other issues) allegedly "banning Tagalog."

 

Balitang America reports that Flipino parents are petitioning to oust Karen Velasquez-the principal of Precious Blood Catholic School in Los Angeles-for allegedly "banning Tagalog from being spoken in school by parents, teachers, and students."

 

The alleged ban certainly affects the school’s student population. According to the report, over half of Precious Blood’s total student population of 170 is composed of Filipino-Americans.

 

The report qouted Nimfa Cook, a former teacher of Precious Blood, who related:  "(Velasquez) told me that you cannot speak Tagalog in the school. I don't know what her reason was. She said that the Spanish people cannot understand. So, (why won’t I) speak in Tagalog, when once in a while I will hear them speak Spanish as well?"

 

Cook added that she "believes she was unfairly treated by Velasquez." Velasquez reportedly "fired without warning before winter break." Cook is now planning to sue  for "wrongful termination."

 

Moreover, as the Balitang America report revealed, "some of the parents believe many of the school's problems stem from the principal’s poor leadership." This is why "parents are currently consulting lawyers, and have begun a petition to oust the principal. "

The report said Velasquez "is not allowed to speak to the media." Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles which operates Precious Blood School also said "it does not comment on issues dealing with personnel" but that it "has spoken to a representative of the group and is working with the pastor and the principal to address the parents' concerns."

 

For more on this story, log on to Balitang America’s website.

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