Yennifer Pinales is 17-years-old and understands that speaking two languages will help her in life. She thinks it's a shame that one particular teacher does not understand that.
"She said, 'I'm so fed up with you speaking Spanish; I told you to practice your English!'" said Pinales.
The rest was caught on video by another student.
“the men and women aren’t fighting for your rights to speak Spanish they’re fighting for your rights to speak American”a teacher said this.. pic.twitter.com/Iyuo1G6eDV— manny‼️😈💦 (@amany_hamdan) October 13, 2017
Pinales, who moved to the United States from the Dominican Republic nine years ago does not need practice speaking English - she speaks it fluently, almost without an accent.
She said she is also pretty sure that American soldiers fighting and dying abroad are doing that to protect her freedom to speak whatever language she would like.
Pinales was appalled and she let her teacher know. She said the teacher then kicked her out of the classroom.
Many students at Cliffside Park High School do struggle with English, and the faculty does encourage students to practice English, but Pinales speaks Spanish because she can.
"I just want a public apology from her," she explained. "I'm not asking her to lose her job. And if she doesn't feel comfortable with people who speak a second language, then she should go somewhere else."
So far, Pinales and her parents have not heard from the school.
Pinales said she wants to be a social worker when she grows up and she is also learning how to speak a third language - French.
Cliffside Park High School has yet to comment.