Saturday, December 5, 2009

This is outrageous

This needs to get a lid locked down tight as soon as possible.

Its outrageous behavior and the perps should be severely punished.

Officials claim Asian students targeted at South Philly High

PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3) ― Students at a Philadelphia high school claim they are being targeted by gangs at their school because they are Asian.

As a precaution, there was an increased police presence at South Philadelphia High School on Friday.

Some parents and students are upset after hearing reports that a group of Asian students were attacked by fellow students.

"It was blacks and whites and they saw the Asians at the school, it all started with an argument," an unidentified student told Eyewitness News.

According to Xu Lin, a counselor at the Chinatown Development Corporation, one Asian student was attacked after school on Wednesday. Lin said the attack continued Thursday inside the school and later outside the school.

"When Asians students were picked out, they simply turned their back and when students reported to them, they did not document the incident," Lin said.

Lin said at least 26 Asian students were victimized and many of them required medical assistance.

"We will not tolerate violence either in our school or outside the school," Superintendent Michael Silverman said.

Lin said the safety measures in place are not working.

However, school leaders say it is a work in progress.

"We've suspended ten students, those students are all going to be all sent for disciplinary transfers," Silverman said.

School officials say they are working closely with police and added that the number of students suspended could rise and some of the students could face criminal charges.