A Los Angeles middle school substitute teacher has reportedly been fired after a student recorded him telling Latino students that their parents would be deported. The incident took place just a day after Donald Trump won the United States presidency over Hillary Clinton.
The audio recording of the teacher’s taunts, which was captured at Bret Harte Middle School in South Los Angeles, has been submitted to the Los Angeles Unified School District for review.
“If you were born here, then your parents got to go. Then they will leave you behind, and you will be in foster care,” the teacher can be heard telling an 11-year-old girl.
When the sixth grade student then responded by asking how Trump would find them, the teacher said, “I have your phone numbers, your address, your mama’s address, your daddy’s address. It’s all in the system, sweetie.”
In an interview with NBC4
, the girl’s mother, Jennifer Reynaga, said that while she already expected Latino students to be harassed after Trump’s win, she did not think such an attack would come from a teacher.
“I would think the kids would do it, but I never thought a teacher would do it,” said Reynaga said in an interview.
Following the investigation conducted by LAUSD officials, the unnamed substitute teacher has reportedly been fired.
Throughout his campaign, Trump has promised to deport illegal immigrants in the United States who have been convicted of serious crimes.
“You have scared children,” Los Angeles Unified School District board president Steve Zimmer was quoted as saying.
“One of most important things you can do is make sure that children who have qualified for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) know that they are safe and their status is secure.”