Census figures show that the Hispanic portion of East Hampton Township’s population nearly doubled between 2000 and 2010 to 26.4 percent from 14.8 percent. It was only 5 percent in 1990.
“It’s a dramatic demographic change,” said Richard J. Burns, superintendent of the East Hampton school district. “It takes a while; getting your arms around it is difficult.”
The school district hired Ana Nunez, a few weeks after Hernandez's suicide, in order to bridge the gap between the school and parents of the Latino students. It was made clear that the district need a liaison to directly address the issues between the Spanish-speaking community and the English-speaking school district.
Nunez has since become a voice for the Latino community. “Who would ask a Latino parent her opinion, or cared?” One mother from Mexico, Adriana Gonzalez said. “Now they want to listen, but maybe later they’re going to say ‘Stop it.’ ”