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Saul Tello Jr. , the Valedictorian at Orestimba High School in Newman, California, asked his principal if he could deliver his graduation speech in Spanish to honor his parents. Principal Jesse Ceja feared that denying Tello's request could violate First Amendment (Free Speech) guaranteed in the US Constitution. The public school allowed Tello to deliver his speech in español.LatinaLista — The two quickest ways to set off a firestorm among anti-immigrant critics is to do one of two things: talk about amnesty or speak Spanish

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  • Sofahead 2012/06/14 21:08:42
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    Sofahead
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    We should be a one language country.
    Introducing other languages into things like this causes or reinforces division, and I believe being a one language country promotes greater unity.
    Yes, given our history I think that it should be English.

    The Principal is a Politically Correct wimp. Denying someone their First Admendment rights would be to censor what is said, not what language it's said in.

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  • sglmom 2012/06/29 19:35:26
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    sglmom
    A few words to honor one's elders should suffice
    (I did that .. a few words to honor my elders -- my Ancestral Language is Polish)
    otherwise
    honor the nation you are living in ..
    all those who contributed to you enjoying the Blessing of these formative education years ..
    and use English for the delivery of the graduation Address ..
  • Vision of Verve 2012/06/17 14:07:35
  • susie Vision ... 2012/06/21 16:38:06 (edited)
    susie
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    Oh please! You certainly were not Veladictorian of your class. Don't talk about something you don't know. Since you don't know, let me tell you. English didn't become the United states main language till not too long ago! And this is a free country! Where we have FREEDOM OF SPEECH! !! America! America is not the United States!!!! The United States is in America!!!! Therefore America does not only speak English!!!!
  • themadhare ~IJM 2012/06/17 06:32:20
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    themadhare ~IJM
    Who listens to those speeches anyway? Let them drone and party!
  • gvc 2012/06/17 00:18:34
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    gvc
    He should have honored his fellow students and spoken in English.
    I could understand an acknowledgment of his parents in Spanish, however, to give the whole speech in Spanish was completely disrespectful to fellow graduates.
  • DuncanONeil 2012/06/16 00:35:48
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    DuncanONeil
    これは本当にばかな考えである
  • Iamfree 2012/06/15 18:36:03
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    Iamfree
    Unbelievable. The principal should have his head examined. This wasn't one student's graduation day; it was a special day for ALL of the students and their parents, grandparents, etc. How many, I wonder, had to listen to a speech in a language they did not know? This was just wrong.
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/06/15 02:40:09
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    Not in the United States. Do that one in Mexicol.l.. The little guy was vvery RUDE
  • DJPanicDC 2012/06/15 02:00:55
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    DJPanicDC
    The school has a high Hispanic population, and he did offer to do it in both english and spanish
  • ♥ilia rose♥ 2012/06/15 01:58:42
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    ♥ilia rose♥
    Woo that’s awesome:D Good for him, because he never forgot where he came from!!

    And all this nonsense about having an official language, and disrespecting the American cultural oh please! The early European settlers destroyed thousands of native languages and dialects! In result, countries speak in their oppressors language, Spanish, French annnnd, English:P And now they have to defend why they speak, what they speak! Pshh.. It’s like wtf! They never invited Spain to demolish their cultural and teach them to speak in the Kings tongue…
  • Freeranger 2012/06/15 01:31:40
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    Leadership failure.
  • gocar Freeranger 2012/06/15 02:48:33
    gocar
    They were here first or at least before the Gringos
  • Freeranger gocar 2012/06/15 03:06:42
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    +1
    English is our sovereign language.
  • Iamfree gocar 2012/06/15 18:37:23
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    Irrelevant. The principle language spoken in America is English. If people want to thrive here, they must speak English. The young man was rude, and the principal enabled him.
  • Brian 2012/06/15 01:08:11
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    Brian
    I guess being the Valedictorian wasn't enough of an honor for the folks?
  • cheetahlover156 2012/06/15 00:51:17
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    He could've included a few words in Spanish for his parents, but to have delivered the whole speech in Spanish was ridiculous, especially since not everyone would've understood it.
  • marylou5 2012/06/15 00:39:20 (edited)
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    Obviously assimilation was not high on this kid's list of priorities!



    As an immigrant parent I would have been more proud to hear my child give his speech in the language of his adopted country. As legal citizens, if they were, they pledged an oath to the United States.

    If they were the ILLEGALS who educated their kid on our dime, we deserved to hear his speech in english...that's the least we are owed.
  • COCO marylou5 2012/06/15 02:55:34
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    +2
    Indeed,very true.
  • Iamfree marylou5 2012/06/15 18:38:06
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    Could not have said it better.
  • marylou5 Iamfree 2012/06/15 23:21:45
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    Thank you!!
  • ed 2012/06/15 00:36:17
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  • Charles E 2012/06/15 00:33:42
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    The language spoken in official transactions should be used. If his school is all hispanic he would not need to ask permission.

    Every American student should have walked out after one minute of non English speach.
  • Radlad 2012/06/15 00:24:29 (edited)
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    STRONGLY! That is just blantenly wrong. There is nothing about speaking English is hindering his first amendment rights. This is America! ENGLISH is the language of the country. If you want to speak spanish go back to mexico......... and take that sorry ass principle with you
  • Charles E Radlad 2012/06/15 00:35:15
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    He may not be from Mexico. But he should feel free to leave the US. Soon.
  • AvaC Radlad 2012/06/15 00:53:45
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    Principal*
  • dlsofsetx 2012/06/14 23:56:16
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    English is the language of most Americans,& that should be made official.
  • gocar dlsofsetx 2012/06/15 02:49:27
    gocar
    But it never has been official because we took over a land where the people spoke Spanish.
  • COCO gocar 2012/06/15 02:57:03
    COCO
    Which states? The people spoke Spanish,pls enlightened me.
  • themadh... gocar 2012/06/17 06:35:16
    themadhare ~IJM
    +2
    Uh no, they spoke Ohlone there before the Spanish Imperialists conquered them.
  • dlsofsetx gocar 2012/06/19 00:54:20
    dlsofsetx
    Texas & California won their independence from Mexico.The territory in between were purchased by the US in 1848 & 1854.
  • Gregaj7 2012/06/14 23:41:56
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    +3
    It's beyond time to outlaw the public-school-system!
  • Charles E Gregaj7 2012/06/15 00:35:55
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    +1
    Good point.
  • HillaryLover 2012/06/14 23:35:42
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    A few words of spanish in honor of his parents would have sufficed. But an entire speech? We are an english (majority) speaking country. It seems disrespectful not to speak english to the staff, student body, and taxpayers of a school that afforded him an education.

    Did he set a precedent? From here out will the Chinese-American valedictorian, the Italian-American valedictorian, the German-American valedictorian, the Indian- American valedictorian, the Iranian-American valedictorian.........
  • Red_Horse 2012/06/14 23:16:34
  • COCO Red_Horse 2012/06/15 02:57:40
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    +1
    Exacto,y muy pendejo.
  • Red_Horse COCO 2012/06/15 03:35:39
  • AvaC 2012/06/14 23:08:17 (edited)
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    AvaC
    There needed to be an ''undecided'' option since I'm answering as an outsider.

    I like the idea that the principal allowed him to speak in Spanish not to be in conflict with the First Amendment right. However, doing the ENTIRE speech in Spanish may not have been the best idea because chances are that the majority of the audience were English speakers. Also, a valedictory speech in itself is suppose to be a final farewell to classmates, not honouring your parents BUT nothing is wrong with him wanting to honour his parents and so a special part could have been done, either before or after the actual speech.

    Parts of my graduation ceremony were done in Trinidadian Creole, Spanish and French and it was all good because everyone in my class did both Spanish and French at some point while in school... We kept it simple.
  • Charles E AvaC 2012/06/15 00:39:55
    Charles E
    +1
    Your reply is both well thought out and appropriate.
    I can't rave you since you said "approve". But you should have had an "other" option.

    Have a good day and stop by any time.
  • AvaC Charles E 2012/06/15 00:47:52
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    +1
    Why thank you.

    Ah, no worries. I thought there would have been an ''undecided'' option but I got the idea that the question was specifically aimed at Americans.

    You too. Will do.
  • Pele Em... AvaC 2012/06/15 01:53:23
    Pele Emerging
    +2
    It would have been nice if the principal had suggested that he give his speech both in Spanish and English to honor both his parents and the country in which he and his parents live. Graduation speeches can be a real bore anyway, but to have to listen to one in another language would go beyond one's limits of patience.

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