Category Archives: Harassment / Bias

Schools in the news…

Just doing a little searching for a sample new story for class lesson and found a wealth of stories I can hardly ignore.

First came the many hits about girls being raped on campus or during school related activities.  I’ve just linked to one here.  Then came an article about a boy with autism who was repeatedly harassed and sexually assaulted by peers.  Next of course  I’ll just highlight one of the many current sports team hazing/sexual assault cases in today’s news (this season its basketball teams doing the hazing).  And in my news search I quickly found a few new ‘jokes’ to incite racist hate at some college campuses. 
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Why take down the “Anti-Hate” banners at school?

Bet you can guess the reason: They were sponsored in part by a gay and lesbian organization.

One of the sponsors listed on the banner is the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado. Wheatland board members and parents took issue with that, according to the district.

I mean we need to think seriously about who it’s not okay to hate amiright?!

Hat Tip to the Southern Poverty Law Center  who caught this news nugget and provide a link to the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate Campaign.

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In bullying news this week…

Students participate in a candlelight vigil at South Hadley High School Friday for freshman Phoebe Prince, who was found dead at her home on Thursday afternoon.

This weeks news tell of a nine-year old boy and a fifteen-year-old girl who both committed suicide in January. 
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And what were the teachers at South Philly doing on Dec. 3rd…

“Where you from?” “Hey, Chinese!” “Yo, Dragon Ball.” “Are you Bruce Lee?” “Speak English.”

These are all slurs from staff, not students, at South Philadelphia high school according to Ellen Somekawa, Executive Director of Asian Americans United.

For earlier postings on the racial and anti-immigrant violence against Asian students at South Philly High on December 3 see
This: Superintendent Ackerman and the “Real Face” of South Philly High
And: District Officials Say Everything is Going Great at South Philly High
And: District Officials Say the Attacks Were Not Racially Motivated at South Philly High

For more extensive student testimonial go to this link at Asian Americans United.
For some very thoughtful blogging on the history of this problem as well as some intelligent moves forward read Latoya Peterson’s posting at Racialicious.

And finally I linked earlier to Angry Asian Man’s posting that concludes with district contact information.

When I first read about this two weeks ago I had to ask myself, what kind of school environment might result in a one day full tilt open and public physical assault in Asian Immigrant youth? 

Well, at this point I think the picture is getting clearer and clearer.


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Superintendent Arlene Ackerman names the ‘real face of South Philadelphia High’

Superintendent Ackerman and the 'real face' of SPHSRemember those South Philly High Asian students who were beaten by dozens and dozens of African-American students looking for some Asian kids to attack last week?

Remember that school district administration who explained that there was no racism involved, that the learning environment at South Philly High was great, and that racial tensions were much improved this school year?

And then the Asian student boycott that followed this refusal by the administration to consider their experiences counter to all of those statements?

Well, yesterday district Superintendent Ackerman finally publically addressed the situation in front of a backdrop of some 50 other students of color.   Gesturing to her human p.o.c. display she explained that they are the ‘real face’ of Philadelphia schools.  The Asian students beaten senseless last week? We can only conclude that they are imposters. Continue reading


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District Administration Minimizes Concerns of Asian Students

Asian Students Boycott South Philly High

Well, after the school officials ignorantly claimed that targeted assaults on 26 Asian students were not racially motivated assaults but were rather fights…  And after those same officials stated that the learning environment continues to be positive, the targeted group of immigrant Asian students have begun a boycott of South Philly High School.

South Philly High is nearly entirely populated by students who are people of color*.    And it seems that rather than delve into the difficulties in dealing with the racial nuances of group violence and oppression between two different groups of people of color – the district continues to attempt white wash the entire matter and continues to call the ongoing situation “fighting.”
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School Administrators Underwriting Gender Inequality

Or – If you keep asking people to attack you we will be forced to suspend you

Trigger warning: This story involves very disturbing sexual and gendered abuse toward the student involved.

Yesterday I noted how South Philly High rep. suggested the district was enforcing equal consequences across the board for ‘fighting’ in response to a single day assault on 26 Asian students. Yes, the district rep. said, Asian students were suspended right alongside the attackers for ‘fighting.’ Because you know – zero tolerance – and lets not call this a biased or racist attack or dig any deeper than who hit who and measuring bruises.  Moving on…

So today I thought I’d point out another administrative pattern I’ve often observed toward a different group of targeted students: Those sleazy girls.  You know the ones who teachers often suggest are just ‘putting it all out there on display’ all the time.   I would bet that given a moment to think any student or teacher can name the girls on the wrong/hated side of this gender line.  Continue reading


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