I remember hearing about this case a long time ago and then it went down the memory hole. Then I was watching PBS Newshour yesterday and saw that a group of journalists from the Philadelphia Inquirer had won a Pulitzer Prize for uncovering this racial violence within the Philadelphia school district:
The Philadelphia School District signed a two-and-a-half year civil rights agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to address anti-Asian immigrant violence at a Philadelphia high school.
“Schools have an obligation to ensure a safe learning environment for everyone. We will continue to use all of the tools in our law enforcement arsenal to ensure that all students can go to school without fearing harassment,” Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division said.
The complaints were triggered by events on December 3, 2009, during which large numbers of Asian immigrant students from South Philadelphia High School were assaulted in and around the school throughout the day.
The attacks followed years of harassment against Asian students at South Philadelphia High School. In the days after the incident, more than 50 Asian students organized an eight-day boycott of the school in efforts to draw attention to what they felt was an inadequate response by the school to ongoing harassment and violence. [CNN]
What I found really interesting was that after watching the Newshour program and reading this CNN article was that no mention was made of the race of the people dragging Asian-American students out of their classrooms and beating them. So I did a bit of web searching and found out that black students were the ones responsible for dragging out these students and causing injuries to 30 of them and 7 more had to be hospitalized.
What pisses me off the most about this case is not the student led racial violence but the fact that teachers were allowing a mob of thugs to go classroom to classroom and drag out students to beat them. If teachers would have made a stand against the thugs then they could have prevented what happened. Instead it appears many of the teachers condoned this behavior. This is outrageous and every teacher that was complicit in these attacks should be fired but I have not read anything yet that this has happened.
Are there any ROK Drop readers in Philadelphia that have any additional insight into this case?