Parents Say Hispanic Kids Are Being Bullied in Alabama
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Spanish-speaking parents say their children are facing more bullying and taunts at school since Alabama's tough crackdown on illegal immigration took effect last month. Many blame the name-calling on fallout from the law, which has been widely covered in the news, discussed in some classrooms and debated around dinner tables.
One Mexican woman says her son was told by another group of boys to "go back to Mexico" after losing a basketball game.
The Justice Department has established a bilingual telephone hotline and special email account for residents to report any violence, threats or bullying.
But federal officials say some parents — particularly illegal immigrants — may not report bullying to teachers and principals because they fear coming into contact with government officials.