A 25-second video clip recorded inside a classroom at New Jersey's Cliffside Park High School has struck up a controversy on social media, according to WPIX. “…men and women are fighting. They are not fighting for your right to speak Spanish. They are fighting for your right to speak American,” a teacher can be heard saying to her class. Students in Cliffside Park, a diverse community with a large number of Spanish-speaking students, immediately reacted to the comment. At least one even walked out. "You're being racist," that student can be heard saying on the video. "I know how to speak English."
Some in the community are obviously upset.
On Facebook, some former alumni are calling for the board of education to investigate the "discriminatory" behavior and the "belittling" of a bilingual student.
While others in the community are defending the teacher.
Meanwhile, others are defending the teacher, who has been identified on social media, as a "great person" and a "wonderful teacher."