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Kansas City, Kansan
October 17, 1925
INTO MEXICAN PUPIL ROW
"Attorney General Gets Affidavit from Pearson Following Consul's Complaint"
The history of seven years of agitation against the presence of Mexican children in K. C. schools was reviewed this morning by M. E. Pearson Superintendent of schools, before W. C. Ralston, Assistant Attorney General, who came down to investigate charges made by the Mexican Consul, Manuel Tellez, affirmed that Mexican children were receiving "disparaging segregation", and asked Kellogg to see to it that this was stopped.
Kellog referred the matter to Governor Paulen, who turned it over to C. B. Griffin, Attorney General.
Ralston came this morning to receive Pearson's affidavit on the matter as it now stands.
NO OFFICIAL REFUSAL
The fact was brought out during the testimony that was known this morning that at no time has the Supt. of schools, the board of education, or the principal of any schools refused admittance to a Mexican child who attempted to enroll above the fourth grade.
By an agreement reached with the present Mexican consul in K. C., Mo., Mexican children below the fifth grade are placed in rooms devoted exclusively to Mexican pupils, as it is conceded that both they and the native children progress faster when not hampered by the former's deficient knowledge of English.
At present, 364 Mexican children are enrolled in Kansas City schools. Fifteen attend Cooper; eight attend Morse and seven Riverview.
MEXICAN CLASSES FULL
At Clara Barton school, where all are Mexican, ninety-eight children are enrolled; in Major Hudson school where all are Mexican, there are thirty one; and in the Mexican rooms at John J. Ingalls, there are 142 children.
Trouble began seven years ago in Argentine, Pearson stated, when patrons of Emerson school objected to the presence of Mexican children. The children in the lower grades were put into separate rooms but the agitation still continued, and finally a three-room building, Clara Barton, was erected. Eight grades are offered here.
After the separation of the pupils in the Argentine district, Armourdale patrons complained rigorously, and when not satisfied, with having the Mexican children put in special rooms, a three-room building was built in the yard of the John J. Ingalls school. Last year when four Mexican children attempted to enroll in the fifth grade at the new Major Hudson school, a near race riot was averted by calling out the police and giving "special protection."