Latino parents claim discrimination in Hempstead School District

Latino parents rallied outside of Hempstead High School today amid allegations that the school district has not treated the Latino community fairly. Parent Simon Yanez

Latino parents rallied outside of Hempstead High School today amid allegations that the school district has not treated the Latino community fairly.

Latino parents rallied outside of Hempstead High School today amid allegations that the school district has not treated the Latino community fairly. (8/20/13)

HEMPSTEAD - Latino parents rallied outside of Hempstead High School today amid allegations that the school district has not treated the Latino community fairly.

Parent Simon Yanez told his story at the New York Communities for Change rally, claiming that school administrator Tina Lake called him a drunk and kicked him out of a school board meeting because he was speaking Spanish.

Lake denied that the conversation ever took place. The school district also said that there is a zero tolerance policy for racism in the school.

A district spokesperson announced today that there will be a translator at Hempstead School Board meetings during the coming school year.

Parents say while a translator is a good first step, more needs to be done to end discrimination in the school district.

Administrators are encouraging Latinos to submit their resumes for a vacant school board position. There are no current Hispanic board members.

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