Students say they're being punished for walkout at Cliffside Park H.S.

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Some Bergen County high school students say that they are being punished for staging a walkout after a teacher told a class to "speak American."

Dozens of students walked out of Cliffside Park High School on Monday after a video of a teacher emerged where she appeared to say that U.S. soldiers fought for the right to speak American and not speak Spanish..

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Some of the students told The Record they have been given punishments ranging from detention to multiday suspensions.

The school district told the newspaper on Thursday that a freshman and a junior have received suspensions this week. The reasons were not released.

Sophomore Anthony Campos, who received two Saturday detentions, says he feels it is wrong and says students have got to stand up for what they believe in.

The Cliffside Park Board of Education said Thursday that a decision would be made next week on what, if any, disciplinary actions would be taken against the teacher in the video.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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