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by Laurie Halse Anderson

Mr. Neck

Character Analysis

Mr. Neck is Melinda's social studies teacher. He's portrayed as a silly man who abuses his authority. Mr. Neck brings an interesting debate to Speak when he claims that immigrants kept his son from getting a job. He argues that the US should have stopped all immigration in 1900. His students, especially David Petrakis, are quick to argue.

(Psst. Want to learn more about immigration in the US? Check out our US History guides to Immigration: Era of Open Borders and Immigration: Era of Restriction.)