Teen To Sue District For Teacher’s Reaction To Mexico Soccer Jersey

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A middle-school student who says she was offended by remarks her teacher made after she wore a Mexico soccer shirt to class is planning to file a lawsuit against her school district, a Latino rights group announced Thursday.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund said it has filed paperwork in Los Angeles federal court to allow Coral Aviles, now 14, to sue the Bear Valley Unified School District in San Bernardino County.

Aviles said the comments began after she showed up for school during the World Cup games last year wearing a Mexico soccer jersey. She said her performing arts teacher asked whether she was Mexican.

When she answered yes, Aviles said, the teacher responded that “because of people like you, I pay high taxes, and because of people like you, my insurance is sky high,” according to official statements.

“I tried to speak with the principal about it,” the Mexican-American teen said. “When I returned, the teacher asked me to leave the classroom because I was crying so much. I never expected to be treated so badly because of who I am.”

A representative for the Bear Valley Unified School District said there was no immediate comment because the paperwork had not yet been received.

Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF’s president and general counsel, said the lawsuit brought on behalf of Aviles would allege violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

“Our current national environment seems to condone increasingly open and undeserved hostility toward Latino immigrants,” Saenz said. “We must draw the line at the schoolhouse door. Every child deserves the opportunity to learn, free of discriminatory practices and statements from those running the schools.”

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One Comment

  1. ArmyStud says:

    I soo agree, makes me mad when they drive around with the Mexcio Flags on there cars etc… thats what I cant understand..

    1. English Major says:

      There cars or their cars? Mexcio? or Mexico. Proof read your comments before posting them.

  2. Proud Educated Chicana says:


    You sound like an uneducated idiot.
    Not all immigrants in Los Angeles are Mexican.
    There are Salvadoreans, Guatemalans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans…etc. Don’t lump all “brown” people into one category.

    1. True American says:

      If you don’t like racial profiling then change your race’s profile… I am half Mexican and California and America are turning into a huge barrio. Hispanics earned and deserve all the negative comments and until the Hispanic culture can start acting like law abiding decent people instead of barbaric Rancho macho men and social parasites draining everything that is good of the American culture either take it go south amigo’s😉

      1. Proud Educated Chicana says:

        True American

        Not all Hispanics are uneducated, parasitic- illegal immigrants who live off of welfare and don’t respect the law.

        Social parasites can be found across every race….

  3. ginny says:

    So award her a dollar and let’s get on to more critical issues in this country like what to do to stop all illegal immigration. And let’s go back to differentiating between immigrants and illegal immigrants. Also, it’s time to change the Amendment that allows anyone born on American soil in the US an automatic citizen unless atleast 1 parent is already a citizen. It was not meant for the abuse of today.

  4. dan says:

    Was anything the teacher said false ?….NO

    1. KARMEN says:


  5. Tomv1 says:

    Why must the whole district be sued for an ignorant comment. I say discipline the teacher but do not award ANY monetary compensation to this person as they are just trying to hit the lottery here. This country is ready to sue for anything and these pirihna lawyers are to blame!

  6. CJ says:

    Cry me a river little girl. You need to be tuff in this country or you’ll never make it. I guess you can sue for anything nowadays.

  7. alg says:

    Too many people criticize before finding out the facts.
    One = Is this girl’s parents ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS?
    TWO= Did those parents come here to have their child?
    three- There are laws in some states that do not recognize the fact that if you are born here by ILLEGAL l aliens of any kind DO NOT ATOMATICLY BECOME CITIZENS.
    The teacher was right. Yes, right. There are now more than 15 MILLION ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS and THEIR CHILDREN in the U.S. They go to our schools, go to our EMERGENCY ROOMS, go on WELFARE, get FOOD STAMPS, and some HOUSING. ALL OF THIS FREE.
    It’s a fact.
    Legal U.S. CITIZENS only have themselves to blame. If we seriously wanted this to stop, we would elect representatives that would pass laws toward that end.
    So, I now go back to the beginning. Was this child an illegal alien? Did she come here with her parents., or was she born here.
    It’s a serious issue, and no wonder everyone gets all heated up about it.
    What makes it worse, is that ILLEGAL ALIENS who come here for a better life
    then turn around and support the country that made it too difficult for them to live there, so they came here. You would expect them to at LEAST BE LOYAL TO THIS COUNTRY.
    Yeah, I’m sick of the T SHIRTS, and the FLAGS of other countries. It’s like their wiping our faces in the dirt. I’m surprised something didn’t happen to her.
    Last, those GD SOB BSTRDS legal firms and organizations that defend them, and then sue the very schools that are giving them a FREE EDUCATION.

    1. KARMEN says:


    2. True American says:

      Bravo! A bit crude but Bravo!

  8. Jose Nungaray says:

    Most mexicans come to the u s a to work at any salary rate. Yet, we have the new generation of mexican- americans (30%) that are welfare recipients. We also have ilegal immigrants that give birth on american soil and some of them expect the government to support them economically. We, The Mexicans with dignity come to this country to earn our way like every other immigrant. We don’t expect the government to take care of us because we work at any job that most other non-mexican immigrants refuses to work for at a very low salary.

    1. True American says:

      The jobs the illegal immigrants have stolen used to be performed by our teens and high schoolers. The fast food, car wash, busboys, dishwashers, yard work, odd jobs, manual labor, entry level factory all were performed by our young Americans. The jobs illegal immigrants steal taught our young Americans the value of a dollar, taught them responsibility, respect for authority and the list goes on.

      Illegal immigrants have stolen jobs and degraded the fabric of our society.

      Every employer that does not e-verify should be deported to a random country south of the border and every illegal immigrant should be deported along with his / her children and any other parasite they brought with them or produced while in this country illegally.

      I am half Mexican and ashamed😦

      FYI, if you don’t like racial profiling then change your race’s profile😉

  9. Ron says:

    Can’t tell the truth anymore, this country has gone to hell

  10. no.new.taxes says:

    What ever happened to the 1st amendment? The teacher just has to provide the course material. It doesn’t mean she has to like or respect every one.

  11. KARMEN says:


  12. True American says:

    The teacher voiced an opinion based on facts, maybe should have kept the opinion to him / herself but hey….

    If you don’t like racial profiling then change your race’s profile… I am half Mexican and California and America are turning into a huge barrio. Hispanics earned and deserve all the negative comments and until the Hispanic culture can start acting like law abiding decent people instead of barbaric Rancho macho men and social parasites draining everything that is good of the American culture either take it go south amigo’s😉

  13. KARMEN says:


  14. CX says:

    Dirty little POS you like Mexico so much why don’t you smuggle yourself to Mexico

  15. ANNA says:


  16. The Big Logic says:

    The enemy has learned to use our constitution, with the help of the bottom dwelling ACLU, to usurp the interpretation of our freedom of speech. We are no longer as we once were, and we will all be the worse for it, primarily the children of our forefathers who were the foundation of this country. We were America, we are now Mexico Norte, and that is a sad reality to swallow.

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