March 30th, 2012
05:30 AM ET

Stiff security at Tucson school board meetings angers Latinos

By Thelma Gutierrez and Traci Tamura, CNN

Tucson, Arizona (CNN) – It was the evening of March 13, people lined up outside the Tucson Unified School District office in Tucson, Arizona, to attend a school board meeting. Nine-year-old Nicolas was in line with his teenage sister Juliana, waiting to enter the meeting. Juliana, who is in high school, was there to voice her support for the Mexican-American studies program, which was dismantled this year after it was banned by the state.

One by one, each person had to first go through security screening. It wasn’t until Nicolas, wearing a yellow Batman t-shirt, standing with his legs and arms spread apart while being wanded by an armed security guard, that Roberto Rodriguez, an associate professor of Mexican-American studies at the University of Arizona, took notice of the process. Rodriguez grabbed his phone and took two photographs of Nicolas going through security.

Rodriguez, who is also a syndicated columnist, says he sent one of the photographs to several colleagues. Before he knew it, the picture went viral. It seemed to strike a nerve with some people, particularly within the Latino community, who say the pictures symbolize what Rodriguez calls an anti-Latino, anti-immigrant atmosphere in Arizona.

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  1. Nietsche

    For anyone who caught Jon Steward's the Daily Show, which poked fun at Michael Hick, a Tucson school board member, one can see that the problem in Arizona is definitely education, namely, the lack of education by people like Hick who pretends he has the I.Q, education, or experience to evaluate anything about education deeper than how long recess should be. This man made a national laughing stock of himself and disgraced himself and his family. If he had any perception at all, he would resign and move out of the state. The sad truth is that a slight marjority of people in Arizona have this type of personality, all ego and confidence and no brains, rather like George W. Bush, dumb as a rock and no clue to how moronic they are. Put people like this into power, and you see stupid laws enacted.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm |