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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-01-06 08:37 PM
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28. All the Latino-owned businesses were closed today.
'Day Without Immigrants' impacts school attendance

Rich Van Wyk/Eyewitness News


Indianapolis, May 1, 2006 - Monday's immigrant boycott didn't stop at work. It reached all the way into inner-city schools. Indianapolis Public School administrators said the absence of Hispanic children was surprising and disturbing.

Empty desks told the story Monday as hundreds of inner-city Latino families kept their children home from school. At IPS 90, nearly one-third of the Spanish-speaking students - 80 of them - were absent.

"I wish they were here," said Principal Gregory McDermott.

While half of the nearly 500 children in the west side school are Hispanic, at IPS 90 there are children from Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Nigeria, Germany and China - about 47 different countries in all.

http://wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=4844193


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