Thursday, December 13, 2007
Rene Romo of the Alberquerque Journal reports:
A Roswell school resource officer has been barred from local campuses after he pulled a pregnant 18-year-old high school senior out of class and referred her to immigration authorities for deportation to Mexico.
The student was determined to be an illegal immigrant, and Roswell Police Chief John Balderston defended the officer's actions.
But the police chief said Roswell Independent School District Superintendent Michael Gottlieb requested the officer's removal from schools "because he (Gottlieb) didn't want the officer checking on the immigration status of the students."
The student's removal from the school Dec. 5 has prompted an outcry from Hispanic residents in a city where more than half of the roughly 9,000 public school students are Hispanic.
What has happened with the student since her deportation could not be determined Wednesday. A church pastor who knows the family said her mother and two siblings continue to live in Roswell, but he did not want to provide details of the family's circumstances.
Dozens of Roswell residents met with Balderston and Gottlieb last week to voice their concerns and met again Monday with Gottlieb.
Under Roswell's school district policy, school officials do not try to ascertain the legal status of students, school board member George Peterson said Wednesday. Click here for the full story.