Update: World Net Daily has more on the assault:
Wells, equipped with a KABC mic and recorder, said that when he inquired at the school’s office about interviewing Aguilar, he was told the principal was not in and did not want to talk.
The reporter asked the four or five black-garbed guards stationed outside for permission to interview parents as they arrived at the school with their children but was denied.
Then, according to Wells, a Dodge Magnum abruptly pulled up on the sidewalk, causing the reporter to jump out of the way.
A large Hispanic man with a shaved head, about 25, leaped out of the vehicle and chased Wells down the street, tackled him and demanded the tape.
Wells, shaken up with his clothes torn but uninjured, said he turned over the tape, which had only ambient sound.
The guards offered no help, the reporter noted.
Wells said the attacker told him he didn’t work for the school.
As Wells drove away, he noticed he was being tailed by a black SUV. The reporter called into McIntyre’s show and was put on the air, hoping the exposure would prompt his pursuer to back off. The SUV eventually pulled away.
The man who tackled Wells accused the reporter of being “sneaky.” But Wells insisted he was at the school with his press credentials and KABC mic in full view and had asked permission to conduct the interviews.
In a previous conversation with Aguilar, Wells said the principal, who was speaking about death threats made to the school, warned him to “watch his back.”
A caller to McIntyre’s show this morning, identifying himself as Ricardo, said he was with Aguilar when the principal gave the order to get the tape from Wells.
Ricardo explained he works for a lawyer who is looking into acquiring a temporary restraining order against KABC on the school’s behalf.
Ricardo said he believes the intention of the school is to provide an environment in which the radical MEChA can teach its beliefs and policies.
So how did this school get its charter to begin with?
Update II: Bill O’Reilly has picked up this story and is interviewing Sandy Wells and Doug McIntyre, the radio host who broke the story in LA.
Update III: Academia Semillas del Pueblos’ site is back up and has issued a statement defending its record as a public charter school:
Academia Semillas del Pueblo Charter School (Academia) is focused on organizing an excellent education and producing the highest levels of academic achievement. A culturally relevant education makes academic excellence possible for all students. Academia continues to be focused on a rigorous academic program and positive community engagement in our school. Our students reflect the community we serve and the population of students at all neighboring public schools. Academia does not discriminate against any student on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity or disability. While most of Academia’s students are Latino, Academia also enrolls African-American, Asian-American, White and Native American students.
According to California Standardized tests, Academia students are progressing academically while learning English, Spanish, Mandarin and Nahuatl. At Academia, the strengths of a multi-lingual education have promoted the intellectual development of students who previously were struggling in other public schools. Academia is committed to serve underserved kids.
Recently, talk radio pundits have focused upon the curriculum of our school and the school’s founders’ past accomplishments to provide Los Angeles-area students with a high-quality education. The perception has been made that our school exercises racist policies and that our curriculum, approved by both the LA Unified School Board and the Board of Education of the State of California, is contrary to a quality education. Academia is in fact committed to providing a high-quality, public school education to all students, but most notably the underserved kids in our local community.
Academia is a kindergarten through eighth grade public charter school dedicated to providing urban children of immigrant families an excellent education founded upon native and maternal languages, cultural values, and global realities. Our school’s name in our native language means “the house of higher learning for the seeds of our people.” Academia has served the greater East Los Angeles community since 2002. Academia has received support from the Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development, the National Council of La Raza, the Raza Development Fund, and the California Department of Education since its opening and continues to be funded by the State of California.
Academia is located at 4736 Huntington Drive South in the community of El Sereno in Northeast Los Angeles, CA. The students we serve are from public schools that are among the worst performing schools in the state and offer no alternative to standardized, English-only, commercialized curriculum programs. Our rich repertoire of instructional strategies, a relationship with teachers, a curriculum of on-going cooperative learning, showcase and personal portfolio development, and research based school-wide projects will expand your child’s natural abilities. Our students study a rich curriculum of multiple language instruction, Native visual and performing arts, and community leadership and ceremony. Through such an enriched education, disadvantage will be overcome by opportunity.
A recent evaluation of Academia, conducted by external East-coast evaluation specialists reported that, “At Academia Semillas del Pueblo Charter School, 79% of the total number of Components across all Building Blocks were rated as meeting or exceeding expectations. This represents an exceptional accomplishment. Closer analysis shows that the percentage of Components rated as meeting or exceeding expectations is highest (93%) in the first tier where the greatest impact on student achievement resides.”
Academia is a community leader in education, an international leader in foreign language education, and Native language retention.
This appears impressive on the surface, but how does Marcos Aguilar explain these comments made during an interview:
TCLA: Finally, what do you see as the legacy of the Brown decision?
MA: If Brown was just about letting Black people into a White school, well we don’t care about that anymore. We don’t necessarily want to go to White schools. What we want to do is teach ourselves, teach our children the way we have of teaching. We don’t want to drink from a White water fountain, we have our own wells and our natural reservoirs and our way of collecting rain in our aqueducts. We don’t need a White water fountain. So the whole issue of segregation and the whole issue of the Civil Rights Movement is all within the box of White culture and White supremacy. We should not still be fighting for what they have. We are not interested in what they have because we have so much more and because the world is so much larger. And ultimately the White way, the American way, the neo liberal, capitalist way of life will eventually lead to our own destruction. And so it isn’t about an argument of joining neo liberalism, it’s about us being able, as human beings, to surpass the barrier.
Not a word about the alleged attack on the reporter from KABC, but they do note proudly that they’re teaching their students Nahuatl. Which is good; it’ll really help them assimilate.