A substitute teacher in Salem, Oregon, has been barred from the Salem-Keizer School District after she reportedly told a 5th grader to “go back to Mexico.”
The comment came after one of the students in the class refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. The teacher, who was not identified, was subbing at Swegle Elementary School when the incident occurred.
“We’re really disappointed with what happened yesterday at Swegle Elementary,” said Lillian Govus, district spokeswoman. “We pride ourselves on being a safe and welcoming school district. What that substitute said to that student doesn’t align with our values.”