CLIFTON, Va. – Parents are enraged after a Fairfax County teacher asked a student about her residency status in response to the girl’s comments for an assignment about the presidential election results.
Kelly Valero told WTLV her sophomore daughter wrote that she was “very disgusted in the election” because Donald Trump “judges people by their race and gender” as part of an assignment for her 10th grade English class at Centreville High School in the days after the Nov. 8 election.
Valero contends the girl’s teacher encouraged students to express their thoughts and feelings, and to use curse words if necessary, about the election results.
“Trump can kiss my ass,” wrote Valero’s daughter, who was not identified. “I am thankful for the life I have and my family (which Trump is trying to deport because we are Hispanic, but whatever)”
The girl’s teacher, who also was not identified, wrote a response on the student’s assignment that pointed out that Trump will not deport Americans in the country legally and asked whether the teen is a U.S. citizen. The handwritten comments hurt Valero’s feelings, she said.
“If I may ask – Are you legal? Or illegal?” the teacher allegedly wrote. “It depends on that factor for deportation. I hope you get to stay!”
The student took a picture of the feedback and posted it to SnapChat, prompting students to share the message with their parents. The parents then complained to school officials, who issued a statement about the incident.
“The assignment asked students to write down their reactions to the Nov. 8 election results. The teacher’s written comment was inappropriate and the matter was immediately addressed by school administrators when they became aware of it,” the statement read.
Valera told WCSH the teacher is still on the job, and alleges her daughter and other students are now terrified because of the teacher’s comments.
“That hurts me. That hurts for my daughter. The fears that she has. A teacher saying, I hope you get to stay. It’s wrong,” she said.
“She can’t even walk down the same hallway that she used to walk down because she wants to avoid that teacher, who is still on the job teaching,” Valera said. “Now (my daughter) is the one feeling like she did something wrong because she was pulled out of her class with all her friends. These kids are scared and she’s scared because of the way her teacher made her feel.”
Fairfax County Public Schools refused to reveal what, if any, disciplinary action the teacher faced over the incident, and stressed that it’s against the district’s policy for teachers and staff to inquire about students’ citizenship status.
“FCPS policy is to provide equitable treatment and opportunities for all. FCPS is not permitted to request a student’s proof of citizenship and does not enforce immigration laws,” a district spokesman wrote in a prepared statement.