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Principal who Hispanic students say told them not to speak spanish in class one step closer to being terminated

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Hempstead I.S.D. has repeatedly denied having any kind of policy prohibiting students from speaking spanish.

But the allegation that middle school principal Amy Lacey banned spanish speaking in class set off a firestorm in the town of 61 hundred an hour northwest of Houston.

"Students were shamed until they did not want to come to school any more," said Salina Moreno attorney with The Latin Legal Voice.

LULAC and the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund asked the Department of Justice to investigate possible civil rights violations.

"Non latino students bullied spanish speaking students and told them to go back to Mexico," Moreno said.

Now the school board has moved one step closer to firing the principal.

"The board motioned to propose non renewal of the middle school principal's contract," said district spokesperson Laurie Bettis.

Now LULAC is asking the F.B.I. to investigate recent incidents involving Hempstead I.S.D. to determine if they are possible hate crimes.

"There was an incident in February where brake lines were cut on buses, three school buses," Bettis said.

\ The vandals also left behind the remains of a dead cat.

The school district is now looking at installing more surveillance cameras at the bus barn.

The district's superintendent who is hispanic has stated strangers are watching her house and taking pictures.

But school district officials point out they have nothing to connect these recent incidents to the controversy over the principals alleged ban on speaking spanish in class.

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