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Nevada Principal Under Fire for Giving Graduation Speech in Spanish

“Class of 2011, I want to congratulate you for all your accomplishments this year.”

A Nevada principal is under fire after he translated part of his graduation speech into Spanish.

Principal Crespin Esquivel is the head of Whittell High School in Zephyr Cove, Nevada.* The controversy centers around a speech that included a simple, 14-word phrase: “Class of 2011, I want to congratulate you for all your accomplishments this year.”

As he continued, Esquivel delivered the words in English first and then Spanish. He said he just wanted to make sure that many of the Hispanic parents in attendance could understand his words:

“I figured why not do it in Spanish? I think it’s important for me to make sure all the families feel comfortable,” Esquivel told CBS13.

A parent wrote an op-ed in the local paper complaining about the speech, which sparked the debate.

What do you think: Was this an egregious ac, or, are parents overreacting?

*Editor's note: this story originally claimed the story took place in California. It actually took place in Nevada.

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