Enrique Avila, 14, and 16-year-old brother Mario say school authorities in Gaston County forced them to sign contracts identifying themselves as gang members. (EFE)
North Carolina School District Allegedly Forced Latinos into Saying They Belong to Gangs
Gastonia, North Carolina – The U.S. Education Department is investigating a school district in North Carolina for allegedly forcing Hispanic students to sign contracts admitting that they belong to gangs. At least three Hispanic families confirmed that the local school authorities had accused their kids of being gang members. Enrique Avila, while a sixth-grader at Bessemer City Middle School, was suspended for 10 days for wearing a rosary that his mother gave him. Evidently, rosaries are identifying symbols used by certain local gangs. His brother Mario, then in 10th grade, was also accused by school authorities of having links with the 18 Street gang, and they forced him to sign a contract admitting he was a gangmember. Enrique, now 14, recalled that school authorities said that he had to sign or “we’re going to deport your mom or dad.” Read more
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