Parents and school system condemn ‘unacceptable’ Spanish homework

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY (WIVB) — A New York City school district is condemning an assignment given by a Spanish teacher that some parents have called racist.

“The teacher-created assignment provided to students was unacceptable,” the Williamsville Central School District said in a statement.

The task, shared by concerned parents, asked students to translate sentences into Spanish. One item to translate was “You’re Mexican and ugly.” Further down the spreadsheet, a sentence to be translated was: “You are pretty and American.

Submitted with permission from NEXSTAR

The words “friendly” and “politely” in parentheses ask students to decipher whether or not the more formal Spanish “usted” form of the word should be used.

“We are managing the situation to make sure this does not happen again. The district does not tolerate any educational materials that disparage our students, families, culture, or beliefs,” the statement read. “Our goal as a district is to create an intentionally welcoming learning environment that celebrates our community and its diversity. This mission does not meet our standards and will be handled appropriately.”

The board did not say whether it would take further action.

Jeremy S. McLain