May 17, 2003
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FROM: "DOUBLE STANDARDS WATCHER"
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.