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Students Allege Involuntary Enrollment in ROTC Classes

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Aired 4/19/09

(Photo: Mission Bay students walkout of school earlier this month to protest the school’s Marine ROTC program. Ana Tintocalis/KPBS)

Some students at San Diego's Mission Bay High School say they're getting placed into Junior ROTC classes against their will. They're urging school district officials to do something about it. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

The students recently went before the San Diego school board to say an increasing number of Latino and Spanish-speaking students are being put into the school's Marine ROTC program without their or their parents permission. Others say they were misled to sign-up. Student Karen Figueroa says school officials make it difficult once students want out. 
Figueroa: I found out that this wasn't a class that I needed to graduate. So I decided to transfer out and NO was given to me as an answer. I was forced to stay one more month to be able to be transferred out. JROTC should be those who request it and not for those who are lied into it.
Mission Bay administrators say they are not enrolling students against their will. But they will translate consent forms so families understand the program.

Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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