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Video: 12-Year-Old Miranda Washinawatok Banned From Basketball Game For Speaking Native Language

| by Michael Allen

12-year-old Miranda Washinawatok was not allowed to play in a basketball game after she spoke in her native Menominee language to two students in her 7th grade class at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano, Wisconsin (video below).

“It means I love you,” Washinawatok said, recalling that her teacher, Julie Gurta, reacted with anger.

“She sort of threw her hands down on her desk and said don’t be talking like that. How would you like it if I started talking Polish?”

The Green Bay Press Gazette reported that while Gurta “did not accept blame for her actions” but the Green Bay diocese had apologized for “a breakdown of communication.”

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Director of Education Joseph Bound wrote in a statement: “It is our hope that with greater awareness, we can begin to repair any harm that has been caused, and be able to build new and improved relationships.”

That's not good enough for Washinawatok's mother who wants Gurta fired.