Discrimination in St. Paul

12 01 2007

Cross Posted from InMuscatine

Mom: Kids barred from ‘non-English’ bus on Yahoo! News:

A school bus driver let Rachel Armstrong’s three children board the bus Monday morning, but he warned them that he wouldn’t give them a ride home that afternoon, nor could they ever ride his route again.

The problem, according to Armstrong: her 10-year-old twin girls and 8-year-old son speak English. She says school administrators told her the route had been designated for non-English speakers only.

The lesson for today children is “discrimination”. Can you say “discrimination” with me ?

St. Paul schools spokeswoman Dayna Kennedy acknowledged Thursday that school officials handled the situation poorly, but said language had nothing to do with the incident. The reason Armstrong’s children were ineligible to ride the bus was that they lived outside the school’s attendance area, she said.

“It is our responsibility to ensure the safety of these kids, and we made a mistake,” Kennedy said. “The kids should have gotten home that day.”

The bus route was meant to serve a language academy at Phalen Lake for children learning English.

The Armstrongs said they learned that when they moved last year, they landed outside of Phalen’s attendance area.

So wait a minute here.

How is it if the bus goes by the Armstrong’s house, they live “outside” the attendance area but the children who do not speak English are not outside that same area?

No matter how you slice it, this looks like discrimination against these kids –

In St. Paul Minnesota.

And people seriously question IF there is an invasion underway. I could understand situations like this in Texas, but Minnesota ? And I will draw your attention to the fact there is NO mention of race or what language the non-English speakers actually use, but do we seriously need two guesses ? I somehow doubt in the extreme St. Paul has seen a massive influx of refugees from Quebec.

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