Asian students return to South Philly High

PHILADELPHA - December 15, 2009

About 30 students had stayed away from the school, which is on a "persistently dangerous" list, since December 3rd. They say that they are the targets of anti-Asian discrimination and violence.

Philadelphia Schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman met with the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations about the alleged violence on Monday.

The Philadelphia HRC invited school district officials, Asian community representatives and boycotting Asian students.

The attacks reportedly occurred on December 3rd. There are some reports that it was the day after an Asian-American student attacked a disabled African-American student.

However, the boycotting students say long simmering cultural tensions at the school populated by Asian, Latino, white and African-American students have gone unaddressed by the adults charged with educating them.

The school district has suspended six African-American and four Asian-American students and has intentions of expelling them.

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