Teens Who Crossed US Border Alone Enter Schools
What nativists and bigots fear the most has happened, undocumented teenagers from Central America have entered American school systems to (wait for it) … learn English and build a future for themselves.
Surely a sign of the end of civilization as we know it.
Some of these kids, who traveled hundreds of miles on their own, can’t even read or write in Spanish, yet now they are in the States trying to make up for lost time.
“They just crave it, and they will come and ask questions,” said Lori Ott, their English language teacher, after her students cheerfully waved goodbye for the day. “How do you say this? And, how do you say that? They just participate and you can’t say enough about them.”
While the sudden influx of students has caught many school districts off guard, they are coping fairly well.
“We feel that we have moral obligation to serve these students as long as they are in the United States,” said Troy Flint, a district spokesman. “Until their fate is decided, we’re responsible for ensuring they get an education and we embrace that opportunity.”
In Louisiana, the Broadmoor principal, Shalonda Simoneaux, said attending high school and learning English is a motivating factor for teenagers who want “want to blend in.”
“Whatever is being said, whatever is going on, they are really learning more from listening from other teenagers, even more so than from the teachers because it’s high school,” Simoneaux said.
In short, the kids are trying to be good citizens, and the public schools are doing their jobs. Now if only Congress could do the same things.