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Alabama School Won't Let Latino Teen Enroll, Rights Group Says

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April 08, 2014 AT 12:10 PM
The Southern Poverty Law Center said Tuesday that an Alabama public high school declined to enroll a 17-year-old Latino student twice "simply because he was born in Mexico."The civil rights group said, the teen, identified only as "J.T." by the SPLC, endured discrimination when he attempted to enroll at Fort Payne High School in January after moving to Alabama from Colorado. According to SPLC staff attorney Caren Short,J.T. immigrated to the United States from Mexico when he was 1.