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New Mexico ACLU releases statement regarding Cibola HS teacher

New Mexico ACLU releases statement regarding Cibola HS teacher Photo: ACLU of New Mexico

Robert Salas
December 01, 2018 08:34 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The ACLU of New Mexico released a statement on Wednesday to APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy regarding a teacher violating multiple rights of two Cibola High School students. 


The teacher, identified as Mary Jane Eastin, has been placed on leave for allegedly making a culturally insensitive remark to a student and snipping another student's hair.

The ACLU statement thoroughly reviews the incident and emphasizes the harms inflicted on the students.

Part of the statement reads:

“With respect to Student 2, anyone with even an iota of cultural awareness knows that in Native American cultures hair is sacred—particularly for women. Some Native American tribes hold hair cutting ceremonies and some only cut hair to honor the loss of loved ones.2 Beyond that, the cruel implications of Ms. Eastin’s actions harken back to the era of Native American boarding schools, when the cutting of Native students’ hair was a form of punishment inflicted by school masters in a racist attempt to strip children of their heritage and culture.”

The eight-page statement goes on to identify a laundry list legal violations made by Eastin, including battery, child abuse, violation of the New Mexico Indian Education Act, violation of the First Amendment, violation of Equal protection and violation of APS policy.

Click here to read the full statement.


Robert Salas

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