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Syosset schools investigating alleged ‘race-based’ harassment

An Asian-hate issue in school?

A freidn wrote: 昨晚参加了当地学区委员会的例会,作为家长我好好的听了学区委员们的口水会.如火如荼的仇恨亚裔事件频发的当下,不小心我们这样一个貌似山高水长春暖花开的地方也爆了个新闻.本来这样的例会应该就发生在中学里的仇恨事件展开说明.可好,那个坐在主席台中间的头直接封口所有的家长发言人不许谈论,如果涉及这个事件的议题直接掐麦赶人. 大概有十多分钟每一位学区委员发表了“发自肺腑”吹捧学监的肉麻致词.差点晚饭没吐出来. 我只问了一个简单的问题:该学区亚裔美国人学生占比多少,没有一位学区委员能正面回答. 那个学监拿着上百万的工资混了个疫情无所作为,学生生源族裔占比无知无畏,一个仇恨事件的发生想通过三句话在一篇洋洋洒洒的通讯中轻描淡写一带而过,你骗谁.


Newsday: Syosset Central School District Superintendent Thomas Rogers issued a statement at Monday night’s school board meeting about “a racial-bias incident” at South Woods Middle School. Credit: Syosset Central School district.

By Dandan ZouMay 11, 2021

The Syosset Central School District said it is investigating an allegation of “race-based verbal and physical harassment” of one or more students at South Woods Middle School during recess on Thursday.

Syosset Superintendent Thomas Rogers said at Monday night’s school board meeting that “there were multiple incidents where different students verbally expressed different types of bias, and at least one of those incidents became physical.”

School officials did not release information on the race or ethnicity of the students involved, but two school board members condemned anti-Asian hate during the monthly board meeting Monday. Residents, including parents of Asian descent, expressed worry and anger.

“The recent racial bias incident at South Woods has caused a lot of concern for the future and safety of our children here in Syosset, especially if you are Asian,” said Carol Cheng, a board trustee who’s Chinese American. ” … I, too, am extremely concerned.”

Cheng urged the community to allow the district to conduct a “thorough investigation” and called for honest and calm conversations to bring about change.

Susan Falkove, another board trustee, said: “Anti-Asian hatred and racism of any kind, that has been so rampant in our world, truly breaks my heart and must stop.”

Rogers said at the meeting that the school didn’t release details to avoid compromising the investigation. “I understand that has been difficult and confusing for our community, which is accustomed to clear and more detailed reporting from the school district,” he said.

Half of South Woods’ 733 students were white, and 291 — 40% — were of Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander descent, according to data from the 2019-20 school term.

SeonJae Lee, 13, who attends South Woods, said he has not had any negative experiences in school related to his being Korean American, but he now feels vulnerable.

“South Woods is a great school. … I would never have expected something like this to happen in school,” the seventh-grader said. “I was very shocked.”

Rogers wrote in an email Sunday to the community that the district is required to follow the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, a federal law that protects the privacy of student records.

“As a result, the law prevents the District from releasing the findings of any investigation, the names of any students involved, or the conclusions and consequences,” he wrote.

By Dandan Zou
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