They were roaming the halls of South Philadelphia High School looking for a fight. Their target, according to police: Asian students...
After being attacked as a freshman and witnessing other attacks on Asian students, Wei founded the Chinese Student Association to help new Chinese students -- many who recently immigrated to the country -- adjust to life at South Philly High. He also kept track of the incidents of violence against Asian students.
Last year's altercation was the final straw.
Wei Chen organized a boycott of South Philly High after a violent attack on Asian students.
Wei and 50 other students organized an eight-day boycott of the school. They wanted to draw attention to what they felt was an inadequate response by the school staff to the ongoing harassment and violence leading up to the December 3 incident.
"School should be safe," he said. "The school should be responsible for students' safety. This is important"...
Nevertheless, the boycott helped trigger nationwide attention to the violence against Asian students at South Philly High. Months later, a federal investigation was launched following a formal civil rights complaint filed by the Asian American Legal Defense Fund.
"It's huge," said Cecilia Chen, staff attorney for the Asian American Legal Defense Fund.
"It's basically the federal government coming in and saying that the school district has failed to protect the constitutional rights of its students, which they have an obligation to do," Chen said.
According to the complaint, "the District and the School acted with 'deliberate indifference' to the harassment against Asian students and 'intentional disregard for the welfare of Asian students'" at the school...
The superintendent of schools did not return CNN's calls for a comment, but the school's new principal, Otis Hackney, says security at South Philly High is his top priority. link
You have to wonder how much press this story would have gotten if white kids had been targeting minorities for attacks. Stories like this make me sick. Every child should feel safe at school, not just students with the "correct" beliefs or the "correct" skin color. For all you lefties out there, when does "bullying" and targeting people because of their race become a "hate crime"?