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HS teacher ignited firestorm by demanding student ‘speak American.’ Now, she’s apologizing

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A New Jersey high school teacher has apologized after telling a Spanish-speaking student to “speak American.”

Laura Amico, an English teacher at Cliffside Park High School, was allowed to go back to class on Tuesday after she apologized, over the school’s public address system, for snapping at her Spanish-speaking student.

“She said ‘I’m so fed up with you speaking Spanish. I told you to practice your English!'” 17-year-old Yennifer Pinales told ABC 7.

“Men and women are fighting. They are not fighting for your right to speak Spanish,” video of the Oct. 12 incident showed Amico saying.” They are fighting for your right to speak American.”

It came after students staged a protest against Amico and demanded an apology.

The protest occurred on Oct. 16 when a fire alarm was pulled and students went outside, with several of them raising flags of countries other than the United States, NJ.com reported.

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