When Coral Avilez went to school on June 11, the seventh-grader knew two things: She would get to watch Mexico play South Africa on TV that day, and she would get to wear the Mexico shirt she had bought while on vacation earlier in the year...I'll defer commentary (although I am confused as to why a "performing arts class" would spend their school time watching a World Cup game on television (?)). Depending on your worldview and level of sophistication, you can read comments at FOXNews or at Reddit.
The game was already on when Coral walked into performing arts class at Big Bear Middle School in Big Bear, Calif. As she sat and watched, her teacher saw her shirt emblazoned with the Mexican colors and, in front of the entire class, asked if she supported Mexico, according to Leroy Martinez, the vice president of the local League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).
According to Martinez, Coral thought she was being asked a soccer question, and answered yes.
“Then what are you doing in my country?” the teacher asked, according to Martinez.
Stunned, the American-born student asked, “Why?”
“Because people like you make me pay higher taxes and make my insurance rate go up,” the teacher replied, according to Martinez.
Confused and hurt, Coral then ran out of the class crying.