Neighbors have banded together to help an Asian American family rest peacefully at night after being continuously harassed by teens at their home in Ladera Ranch, Orange County, California.
Several teens have reportedly terrorized Haijun Si’s home by throwing rocks at it, shouting racial slurs, pounding the door and running away, and at one point, leaving a pornographic picture in front of his door, according to KCAL9.
Si had already called the authorities on the culprits and the sheriff came to his home seven times. The harassment continued even after installing cameras and a fence, as the detectives instructed. It is unclear why his family was being targeted.
However, neighbors made sure Si and his family felt safer in the community. They set up a Facebook group where volunteers could register to stand guard outside Si’s home to deter any more attacks.
“I am very thankful for my neighbors. We have five peaceful nights, no one knocking on the door. I don’t need to keep watching,” Si said.
Si and his family had no further encounters with the teens since the neighbors set up their shifts.
“We have seen multiple attempts already for the teenagers that have come this way. They see us and they turn around. Will this make them stop forever? Probably not. But at least this family can have some peace,” one of his neighbors said.
Democratic Rep. Mike Levin condemned the recent attacks on Si’s house in his tweet on Sunday, AsAmNews reported.
“Racism and hate cannot be tolerated on any level,” Levin said. “The rise in violence toward Asian Americans across our country is unacceptable, and it’s particularly disturbing right here in our own community. Everyone deserves to feel welcome here.”
Racism and hate cannot be tolerated on any level. The rise in violence toward Asian Americans across our country is unacceptable, and it’s particularly disturbing right here in our own community. Everyone deserves to feel welcome here. https://t.co/MZ0N1RzUdI
— Rep. Mike Levin (@RepMikeLevin) February 20, 2021
Twitter user @mle428, who also volunteered to guard Si’s house against the attackers, said one of the parents allegedly threatened to sue their neighbor for “posting the videos of her kid engaging in a hate crime.”
Thank you @CBSLA for covering this. I had the late neighborhood watch shift and it was amazing to be part of a group of people who care so deeply about all in our community. Also thank you to @OCSheriff for the frequent check ins. https://t.co/a5YLbvDUMl
— MLE. I also answer to “Mom!!” (@mle428) February 20, 2021
A group of kids have been harassing an Asian family in Ladera, throwing rocks, pounding on walls and windows. A couple of the kids have been identified, and the mom of one has been threatening legal action for posting the videos of her kid engaging in a hate crime @inminivanhell
— MLE. I also answer to “Mom!!” (@mle428) February 19, 2021
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