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"How do I know you're not saying something bad?" said the angry teacher, allegedly, when she suspended a 7th grade Native American girl for using her native language a the classroom in Wisconsin. The school in question is made up 60% of Native American students, so the racial tension must be intense.  Ah, America...
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Welcome to the world Nandlal. If you're different you're attacked, if you stand up for different people, you're attacked too. That's just the way people act these days. :/ Hopefully a few stand in the way of ignorance and usher in some love and toleration. 
A follow-up question: how'd the teacher know that the girl wasn't saying anything good? Why'd she have to assume it was bad in the first place?
I assume that teacher can ask same thing to her for clarification and may be...just may be verified with another student with knowledge of that dialect/language....
Considering a teacher should be on the same side as, I don't know, LEARNING and the student population is over 60% Menominee, the teacher should have a grasp of the language.  If I recall my Spanish classes, 'hello' and 'I love you' were pretty close to the beginning of the class.  At the very least, the teachers should have handled it with more class.  Instead, the teacher acted like another child on the playground that was just called a derogatory name.
As I started getting fired up about this story I saw that it was posted in Feb 3rd. Is it still relevant? Is there any update to what happened since?
I love playing the "what's been left out of this story" game. Can I go first?

Hmm... Would I feel the same way about this story if the detail had been left out that the children had been communicating in their native language while pointing at the teacher and giggling?

What if the detail that had been left out was that they'd been admonished for "saying something bad" and immediately switched languages?

News items rarely get all the context right. The best we can do is to come to an understanding about how we think we should conduct our interactions with each other, in light of this kind of incident, without trying to judge those involved without all the facts.
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