A Reader Spots Double Standards At Westfield Middle School
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May 17, 2003

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An California High School Student Reports From The Front Line


Principal Ed Mendoza of Westfield Middle School near Indianapolis strictly enforced a no-absentee policy against eighth-grader Brianna Tull for singing in a choir during this week's visit to Indiana by President Bush.  The official line is that a visit by the President of the United States didn't meet the standard for a day excused from school. ("Parents fume over school ruling on Bush appearance," by Josh Duke, Indianapolis Star, May 16, 2003)

But the Mexican-born Mendoza had a different standard a year and half ago when Hispanic high school students took a Friday off for a Hispanic propaganda trip to Indiana University, at which he was the keynote speaker:  "'We need to have opportunities for Hispanic students to see people and to see leaders who have been through the process and can show them a college education is a possibility," he said then.

Let's get this right.  According to Mendoza, old-fashioned native-born Americans like Brianna Tull cannot be allowed to take a day off to participate when the President of the United States come to town. 

But foreign-born students can officially take a day off at taxpayer expense to see their "leaders" like Mendoza himself [send him email] speak.

No doubt the State of Indiana is investigating to see whether they have a racist school principal on their hands.

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