A few days after Donald Trump unexpectedly won the presidential election, an English teacher at Centreville High School in Fairfax County, Virginia, asked her students to write a paper on the billionaire business mogul and his electoral victory.
The teacher — who remains unidentified — even allowed students to use vulgarity, hoping it would encourage them to express their concerns regarding the current political situation.
However, when one Latina student turned in her assignment, the teacher responded in a rather unprofessional and disturbing manner — by inquiring about the teen’s immigration status.
Kelly Valero, the mother of the unnamed sophomore, explained the paper presented her daughter with an opportunity to express both anger and fear. She wanted to highlight what Trump presidency might entail for her and her family.
“I’m very disgusted in the election,” the student reportedly wrote, adding that the president-elect “judges people by their race and gender” and that he can “kiss my ass.”
“I am thankful for the life I have and my family (which Trump is trying to deport because we are Hispanic, but whatever),” Valero’s daughter continued.
The teacher, in turn, left a note on the assignment.
“Are you legal or illegal?” the comment read. “It depends on that factor for deportation. I hope you get to stay!”
The teenager first thought it was joke. She snapped a picture of the essay and posted it on social media. It was after Valero and the parents of other students saw it that a complaint was filed.
“She thought it was a joke. So she took a picture and posted it, and actually said, ‘Is this for real?’” Valero told local news station, adding that she requested a meeting with Centreville High administrators, who responded by transferring the student to a different class instead of taking a disciplinary action against the teacher.
“The assignment asked students to write down their reactions to the Nov. 8 election results,” the Fairfax County Public Schools officials wrote in a statement. “The teacher’s written comment was inappropriate and the matter was immediately addressed by school administrators when they became aware of it.”
Even if the teacher did not mean to offend the teen nor had any malicious intentions, the damage has already been done.
“[My daughter] can’t even walk down the same hallway that she used to walk down because she wants to avoid that teacher, who is still on the job teaching,” Valero lamented. “Now [she] is the one feeling like she did something wrong because she was pulled out of her class with all her friends. These kids are scared and she’s scared because of the way the teacher made her feel.”