Gadsden ISD cries foul

They say Alamogordo umpire "out of date" for banning Spanish

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 10:56pm

In the Borderland, it's heard everyday.  People flip from English to Spanish and back in the blink of an eye.

Last Tuesday, at a baseball game between Gadsden High School and Alamogordo, one referee thought it was a problem.

According to Gadsden ISD, the first baseman was cheering on his own team in Spanish, that's when the trouble began.
The field umpire said he heard something inappropriate in Spanish and told the players they had to stop speaking in Spanish or else they'd be ejected.

Coaches and students weren't pleased with this statement.

"It's kind of not in keeping with our day and age," said Luis Villalobos, Communication director for GISD.  "They know how to behave during athletic events. They're not going to say anything inappropriate or cuss in front of officials. They're enthusiastic good kids and they didn't do anything wrong. It does kind of seem a little out of date".

"That's really bad especailly because they have a large Spanish speaking population in Alamo," said Gadsden graduate, Richard Rodriguez.  "I would never think of something like that happening over there".

They're waiting for the New Mexico Association's ruling regarding the situation and umpire.

We contacted Alamogordo ISD for response, but have not yet heard back.

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