Parents: H.S. sends immigrant students home

Parents and guardians of more than 30 immigrant students say their children are being sent home from Hempstead High School because there is no space for them in the classroom. Lucas Sanchez, of NY

News 12 Staff

Oct 18, 2014, 6:23 AM

Updated 3,510 days ago

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Parents: H.S. sends immigrant students home
Parents and guardians of more than 30 immigrant students say their children are being sent home from Hempstead High School because there is no space for them in the classroom.
Lucas Sanchez, of NY Communities for Change, says parents and students have claimed that students have been coming to school each day, signing in with a guidance counselor or administrator and being sent home.
Through an interpreter, Carmela Benitez told News 12 her grandson is registered for school but is being denied his education.
"My son has been going to school for two months and hasn't been in a classroom once," says Benitez.
Benitez and other Hempstead parents then contacted NY Communities for Change. As News 12 reported earlier this week, the group held a rally protesting the children's alleged treatment in the school. This caught the attention of the state education commissioner, who called for an immediate investigation into the enrollment status of the 34 Hispanic students in the Hempstead schools.
"We hope that the investigation gives us some clarity as to why this happened and who ultimately needs to be held accountable," said Sanchez.
The group met with Hempstead School Board President Lamont Johnson Friday night who assured the group that they are not being discriminated against and efforts are being made into finding a fast and effective solution.
Johnson says he is working with the district and the commissioner regarding the enrollment process.
News 12 spoke with the president of the Hempstead teachers union who says some teachers will be doing a walk through Monday in a new building that would accommodate the additional students. Johnson did not confirm this information.
 


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