The Angry Asian Man blog has been chronicling racial tensions and violent encounters at South Philadelphia High School the past few weeks primarily between African-American students and Asian-American and immigrant students. These reports have been shocking me in a “I can’t believe these things are still happening in 2009” kind of way.
What the hell is happening in Philadelphia? Yesterday, 26 Asian students at South Philadelphia High School were attacked and beaten by a gang of other students throughout the day: Asian students under attack at S. Phila. High.
District officials said that ten students have been suspended. (That's it?) No arrests were reported, but students who were outside the school yesterday said they had seen students being led out of the building in handcuffs. Well, that's great -- but how about some actual arrests and charges?
This is just the latest in several ongoing incidents of violence against Asian immigrant students that were reported at the school last year. Can you blame these students -- many of whom came to the U.S. specifically to attend school -- for just wanting to stay home? It beats going to school under fear of getting your ass kicked every day, all day.
This week's spate of attacks began Wednesday, when a Vietnamese student was jumped by 14 students across the street from the school. Yesterday, the attackers were apparently roaming the halls "searching for victims class by class during school."
26 Asian Students Attacked at South Philadelphia High
Asian Students Boycotting South Philly High
Students Speak Out Against South Philly High School Violence
Superintendent Refuses Meeting With South Philly High Students
AALDEF to File Civil Rights Complaint Against Philadelphia School District
Fear and Loathing in South Philadelphia (Philly.com)
Asian Students Describe Violence At South Philadelphia High (Philly.com)
PA Human Rights Will Air Strife On South Philly High (Philly.com)