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Playground Sign Threatens Spanish Speakers with Arrest

| by Michael Allen

A playground sign at Mispillion Elementary School in Milford, Delaware, which threatened to arrest Spanish-speaking people, was removed after it went viral on the web.

Dan Gaffney, a talk-show host at WXDE radio, noticed the signs Saturday and realized the two messages were different, even though he doesn’t speak Spanish. Gaffney took a picture of the sign and posted it onto his Facebook page. From there it began to circulate widely.

The sign said in English: “Parental or guardian supervision is required for the use of this playground equipment.”

Below the English part, the Spanish part read: “Ustedes debe tener un permiso para jugar en este campo. Violadores seran susceptibiles a accion policial,” which means: “You must have a permit to play in this field. Violators will be subject to police action.”

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Milford School District Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Kohel told DelawareOnline.com that she removed the sign on Sunday afternoon: “I didn’t want to wait. I certainly assume there was not an intent to discriminate… We have a great working relationship with all of the communities at the school, and there is absolutely an understanding that no ethnic group will be discriminated upon.”

Wilmington Councilwoman Maria Cabrera told The News Journal: “It shouldn’t happen again, so I think the superintendent should conduct a full investigation to find out how and why this happened.”