High School Students

U.S. Justice Department Settles with Philadelphia School District on Harassment of Asian Americans

On Dec. 15th, the Justice Department announced a settlement agreement with the School District of Philadelphia. The settlement resolves complaints, made by the Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund, of racial harassment of Asian students at South Philadelphia High School. The Justice Department found that Asian American Students were persistently harassed (see original story). 

Asian Students and School System Still At Odds as DOJ Supports Student Claims of Harassment

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) sent a letter at the end of August to Philadelphia School District supporting Asian American claims of systemic racial injustice at South Philadelphia High School. They found merit in the claims of Asian students who said they were abused at South Philadelphia High School. The DOJ advised school officials to settle the matter.

Presentation on South Philadelphia High School and Anti-Asian Violence

Presentation by Cecilia Chen of Asian American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, July 24th at Program co-sponsored by API Movement

Overview of Anti-Asian Harassment in Schools Throughout the Country

Anti-Asian Harassment in Schools is a problem that is commonly overlooked but affecting Asian American students in schools throughout the country.

Basic statistics on harassment in schools is difficult to find, but in New York City, a survey of approximately 1,000 public school students showed:  

Asian Student Advocates Welcome Resignation of South Philly High School Principal

La Greta Brown, the principal of South Philadelphia High School resigned Thursday. The high school was the site of widespread violence against Asian American students and the subject of a federal civil rights lawsuit, most notably in December, when primarily African American students attacks dozens of Asian students at the school.

AALDEF Press Release: Federal Civil Rights Complaint against Philadelphia Schools

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) today filed a complaint for civil rights violations with the U.S. Department of Justice charging the School District of Philadelphia and South Philadelphia High School (SPHS) with discrimination against Asian students on the basis of race and national origin in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Root of Anti-Asian Violence at South Philly High Remains

While new security cameras and more security officers has tamped down some of the tension at South Philly High School, the fundamental issues around school violence remain unresolved. Asian American students, dozens who were assaulted last December, have targeted adults - the school administration - for neglecting the problem that has existed for years.

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