If you thought calling 911 and finding out that no one speaks Spanish in a city that has just better than 16% Latinos was just a little odd, wait.
Now news comes that over at Charlotte Mecklenburg School System's Devonshire Elementary they have an "English Only Policy" that they take rather seriously.
According to the Charlotte Observer:
"A former school secretary has sued Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, saying she lost her job at Devonshire Elementary when a new principal banned her from speaking Spanish to parents who can't speak English.
Ana Ligia Mateo claims she was hired as a bilingual secretary for the east Charlotte school in 2006. But when Suzanne Gimenez took over as principal in 2008, the lawsuit says, Gimenez "announced in a staff meeting that she would no longer allow Spanish to be spoken to parents by any of the faculty or staff."
As you can imagine Mateo kept on speaking to parents in Spanish and Gimemez took matters into her own hands. Once, Mateo alleges, staff members told her they thought she empathized with Hispanic parents because she "crossed the border just like them."
You can email Devonshire's Principal Suzanne Gimenez here.
Mateo, a Charlotte resident and U.S. citizen, says her employment was "effectively terminated" shortly thereafter.
This year 42 percent of Devonshire's 500 students are Hispanic. The school's Web site says that the school theme is "Academy of Cultural and Academic Diversity."
The rest of the Charlotte Observer story is here, and a copy of the lawsuit is here.
Charlotte you better wake up, when the US Census is done later this year we might just show a real big jump in Hispanic families living here in Meckburbia. Legal and illegal Hispanics are going to be a major force in the years to come.