Parents of students at Wedgeworth Elementary School in Hacienda Heights say the conditions of the campus are unacceptable and that some school board members have made anti-Asian statements.
- Well, parents of students at Wedgeworth Elementary School in Hacienda Heights tell us the campus is a mess and they want something done about it. Parents say the school, which consists of only portable trailers, is severely underfunded compared to other schools in the district. They say it has only four restrooms for 600 students. There's no kitchen or cafeteria, and very little playground space. The school provides dual language instruction in Mandarin and English. Parents say some school board members have made anti-Asian statements in meetings and on social media.
VIVIAN: I show you a screenshot that there's no point in thinking, oh, because they're learning Mandarin, they're exposed to the Communist idea from China. That is just absurd. I don't know if that's her ultimate reason to deny the project, but I definitely feel for an elected board member to make comments like that, this is definitely a racial bias.
- Well, in a statement, the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District says our efforts to address the needs of Wedgeworth Elementary School families have driven an active community discussion. We welcome the input of all Hacienda La Puente students, families, and community members, and look forward to building consensus moving forward together.