Council on American-Islamic Relations Hosting Forum on Recent Tech Protests
ST. CLOUD - The Council on American-Islamic Relations is hosting on open forum on Monday regarding the recent protests at Tech High School in St. Cloud.
On March 18th, a group of mostly Somali students at Tech High School walked out of class to protest alleged discrimination at the school. The protest happened after a student sent a picture on Snapchat with a Somali girl in a wheelchair with a caption suggesting she was a member of ISIS.
According to the CAIR website-The forum will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Atwood Memorial Center at St. Cloud State University. Tech students and parents are encouraged to take part in the forum.
Three weeks ago, District 742 officials met with local Somali leaders to discuss the recent protest at Tech. Superintendent Willie Jett said the meetings were productive. The task force expressed concerns to the district, including a higher suspension rate in the district, bullying and harassment of Somali students, a lack of instructor diversity and concerns with the achievement gap.
In March of 2010, CAIR-Minnesota asked the Department of Education to investigate reports of discrimination against Somali students at Tech and Apollo High Schools in St. Cloud.
In November 2011, the St. Cloud Area School District submitted a settlement agreement to the U.S. Department of Education to resolve a case of harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin.