"Lamigra caught you go back to checkpoint.”


A California middle school teacher allowed her students to create a deportation-themed board game as part of a group assignment in their career class, The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.


Jake Hull, a 12-year-old student at Cesar Chavez Middle School in Oceanside, told the ​Los Angeles Times that a few classmates from his group came up with the game, which they titled "Deportation Time."


“I said, ‘We should do something like Mario Kart,’” Jake said. “I don’t think we should do this.”


The game's goal is to be the first player “to cross the border to the USA and reach the American flag.” To achieve this objective, it is "mandatory" to stop at the “Bomb Shop” in order to blow up a wall and cross the border.

The rules also state players will be penalized if they land on “Lamigra caught you go back to checkpoint” or “You’ve been taken into custody skip 3 turns.”


Jake said his teacher signed off on the game's theme of "border crossing" before his group designed it, and did not say anything about its content after they turned in the final product last month.


According to the Department of Education, about 70 percent of students at the school are Hispanic. Jake told the LA Times he and one other member of the group are white, and one other member is Hispanic. 


Superintendent Julie Vitale said the school's principal has contacted the families of the four students involved.


“We will be using this opportunity to help the students learn that words must be measured very carefully for unintended consequences — an important life lesson," she said in a statement.


But for Jake's mother Danielle Watkins, the buck stops with the teacher.


“The adult in the situation has the chance to mold minds for the better and just basically kind of dropped the ball completely,” she said.


Germania is a staff writer at Pluralist.

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