Exclusive: Saint Paul Public Schools district investigating violent student brawl caught in viral videos
- The Saint Paul Public Schools district is investigating videos that appear to show Washington Technology Magnet School students of Asian descent engaging in brawls following walkouts to protest in-person learning amid the spread of COVID-19.
- It is unclear if the fights are racially motivated. An investigation into these allegations are ongoing.
- The school said it is now working with the Saint Paul Public Schools Security and Emergency Management Team and the Saint Paul Police Department to determine consequences for students involved.
WARNING: The video in this article contains violent imagery that may be disturbing to some viewers.
Officials at the Saint Paul Public Schools district are investigating videos that appear to show students of Asian descent from Washington Technology Magnet School engaging in brawls against another group of minors.
Emerson College targeted by ad campaign for suspending student group behind ‘China Kinda Sus’ stickers
- The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a nonprofit civil liberties group, has launched an ad campaign targeting Emerson College for suspending the school’s Turning Point USA (TPUSA) chapter in late 2021.
- TPUSA caused controversy in October last year for allegedly criticizing the Chinese government by handing out stickers that read “China kinda sus.”
- For its ad campaign, FIRE has created a mobile billboard, posters on the city’s transit system and a website called “Emerson kinda sus,” among others.
A nonprofit civil liberties group that promotes freedom of speech in schools recently released an ad campaign targeting Emerson College for suspending the conservative student group who handed out controversial “China kinda sus” stickers late last year.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s (FIRE) ad campaign was created to support Emerson College’s Turning Point USA (TPUSA) chapter, which said it sought to criticize the Chinese government and its alleged human rights abuses through its stickers, according to National Review.
Chinese student who praised Tiananmen Square protestors was harassed by other Chinese students at Purdue
- Purdue University’s president publicly responded to the alleged harassment and threats made to student Zhihao Kong, who posted on social media to commend the heroism of students killed in the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.
- Soon after, Kong was reportedly followed by other Chinese students around campus, called a CIA agent and threatened to be reported to the Chinese embassy.
- A ProPublica article was written about Kong in November, which brought national attention to his story.
Purdue University President Mitch Daniels said the school was not aware of the alleged mistreatment a Chinese student faced for speaking out on Chinese politics until it became national news.
In November, ProPublica published an article about the aggression Kong faced after talking about the events of Tiananmen Square in 1989.
A video of an extremely flexible girl performing gymnastic stunts has recently gone viral on social media.
Spellbound: The video, which was posted on Twitter with the caption “Spellbound,” was shared by Indian Police Service officer Ankita Sharma on Nov. 27. It has received over 310,000 views and more than 22,000 likes as of this writing.
UMass Lowell to build AAPI center, give scholarships to Southeast Asian refugee students with $1.5M grant
The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) will receive $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) over the course of five years to support Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students.
Educational effort: UML has seen increasing amounts of Southeast Asian resettled refugee students within the past decade, according to the university.
24-year-old who recently earned his master’s from University of Chicago is shot, killed in Hyde Park
Friends and community members gathered on Wednesday evening to light candles and leave notes and flowers in an area in Hyde Park where a University of Chicago graduate was shot and killed during a robbery.
What happened: On Tuesday, Shaoxiong “Dennis” Zheng, 24, was on the sidewalk on the 900 block of East 54th Place, an area known as a neighborhood of doctors and professors, before 2 p.m., when the deadly attempted robbery occurred, CBS Chicago reported.
A California mother is seeking justice after watching her 15-year-old daughter get violently punched at a local basketball tournament on Sunday afternoon.
What happened: The incident, which was caught on video, occurred during a game between SoCal Blaze and Dream Academy at the MAP Sports Facility in Garden Grove. The victim, Lauryn Ham, plays for SoCal Blaze and was reportedly attacked in the last four minutes of the game.
San Francisco may finally follow the steps of other California cities that have apologized for their historical discrimination toward the Chinese American community.
A century and a half late: A resolution introduced at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday is calling for an official apology from the city for the discriminatory laws and practices imposed against the Chinese and other Asian immigrants since the 1800s, reported NBC Bay Area.
A substitute teacher in New York was suspended for allegedly sharing COVID-19 origin conspiracy theories and criticizing China’s communist party in front of fifth-grade students.
What happened: The incident reportedly occurred on Thursday when Peshe Schiller, 70, filled in for an absent teacher of the “Gifted and Talented” program at P.S. 204 in Bensonhurst.
Two Ivy League universities are offering beginning and intermediate Vietnamese courses for the first time in their history.
About the courses: Brown University’s beginning and intermediate Vietnamese language courses are taught by Trang Tran, a visiting lecturer who joined the university’s faculty this fall. Through their partnership with Brown, Princeton University also offers the courses to their students.
Survey: 34% of white college students lied about their race to improve their admission, financial aid odds
A recent survey has found that 34% of its white respondents admitted to lying about being part of a racial minority to boost their chances of getting accepted into college.
Taking advantage: The survey, which questioned 1,250 white college applicants aged 16 and up, discovered that 34% of them lied in their applications, according to Intelligent.
Judge rules UNC non-admittance of white and Asian students, race-based admissions not discriminatory
A federal judge endorsed the University of North Carolina’s (UNC) use of race as a factor in screening applicants after ruling that the university did not discriminate against white and Asian American applicants.
No discrimination: Judge Loretta Biggs ruled on Monday that the UNC’s undergraduate admissions process had not been discriminatory toward specific race groups, reported CNN.