The case attracted the attention of the community after parents complained to the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). On August 24, MALDEF contacted school officials, pointing out that the teacher was violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which "prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance."
MALDEF president and general counsel Thomas A. Saenz wrote, "Teachers who insist upon acting out their prejudices in the classroom have no business being in any public school in America. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the parents who stepped forward to challenge this unlawful conduct."
Similarly, in Texas, a school principal was placed on paid administrative leave due after she announced that conversing in Spanish on school grounds was not allowed.
"When you start banning aspects of ethnicity or cultural identity, it sends the message that the child is not wanted," Augustin Pinedo, director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, said to the Houston Chronicle in 2014.
Those who favor an English-only policy in American schools assert that it is crucial for immigrant students to learn and use the nation's dominant language. Although English proficiency is essential, English-only laws are seen as restricting freedom of expression as well as access to services for those who are not yet English proficient.