Tucson High draws silent protest
Arizona Daily Star
May 12, 2006
Tucson, Arizona | Published:
The deputy superintendent of the state
Department of Education spoke to a nearly full auditorium of students and
administrators at Tucson Magnet High School this afternoon, partly as a
countermeasure to the contentious speech labor activist Dolores Huerta gave
last month in which she stated that "Republicans hate Latinos."
But halfway through the 15-minute speech
Margaret Garcia Dugan, about 50 students, many of whom were part of
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán, or the Chicano Student Movement of
Aztlán, stood in silent protest of what they believed was a Republican
attempt to silence Hispanics. They also believed they should have had an
opportunity to ask Huerta questions after her April 3 speech and during
today's press conference involving Dugan and state Superintendent Tom Horne.
Dugan finished her speech uninterrupted. In
it, she said Huerta had the right to make the comments she did, but urged
those in attendance to "be guarded of what people say or tell you."
After the speech, few students applauded.
Those who had stood and close to 100 others walked out of the auditorium,
just before Principal Abel Morado told those remaining that he didn't tell
the students to sit because "it did not cause a substantial disruption to
what our speaker was talking about."
Morado also said that he respected the
students who stood in protest, but was disappointed that he was not told
about it before it happened. He mentioned that no one stood in protest when
Huerta spoke, or walked out immediately afterward.
"I expected the same today," he said.
Read more in Saturday's
Arizona Daily Star.