• May 23, 2024

N.C. Student Suspended for Correctly Defining ‘Alien’ in English Class

(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) A high-school student was suspended by his school after he correctly using the term “illegal alien” in an assignment for English class, the Carolina Journal reported.

Christian McGhee, a 16-year-old student at Central Davidson High School in Lexington, North Carolina, was asked to complete a sentence using the word “alien” in it as part of a vocabulary lesson.

He sought clarity by asking his teacher if she meant “space aliens or illegal aliens without green cards?”

The question reportedly triggered one of his classmates, causing things to escalate, nearly ending in a fight before the assistant principal arrived on the scene.

As a result of the disruption, the administration suspended his from both school and sports for three days.

Christian, a member of the track and field team, said his statement was not meant to insult anyone, but was simply an honest question.

“I didn’t make a statement directed towards anyone; I asked a question,” he said, according to the Carolina Journal.

“I wasn’t speaking of Hispanics, because everyone from other countries needs green cards, and the term ‘illegal alien’ is an actual term that I hear on the news and can find in the dictionary.”

Christian’s mother, Leah, told Headline USA that the situation had been stressful, although she noted that several regional media outlets had reached out since the story broke.

“This has been a very difficult week for our family,” she said.

In an email to local officials describing the incident, she expressed her concerns about the school’s disciplinary policy, noting that the suspension would likely cost Christian more than just a few school days due to the stigma surrounding the allegations.

“Because of his question, our son was disciplined and given THREE days OUT of school suspension for ‘racism,’” she wrote .

She said Christian was worried about being canceled now that he has been labeled a racist.

“Christian is devastated and concerned that the racism label on his school record will harm his future goal of receiving a track scholarship,” she said. “We are concerned that he will fall behind in his classes due to being absent for three consecutive days.”

Central Davidson Assistant Principal Tonia Maxcy and English teacher Laura Haney offered a form response to Headline USA’s inquiries, saying they were unable to comment on specific student matters due to federal privacy laws.

“Please know that Davidson County Schools administrators take all discipline incidents seriously and investigate each one thoroughly,” they both wrote. “Any violation of the code of conduct is handled appropriately by administrators.”


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