Ethnic tensions inside Technical High School became a public spectacle as more than 100 students and parents, mostly Somali Muslims, protested what they described as a pattern of bullying and discrimination to which school officials have not adequately responded, in their opinion.
SC Times One of the protesters, Tech junior Hafsa Abdi, said students organized the event because administrators haven’t addressed conflicts between Somali and non-Somali students. Other protesters alleged unfair school disciplinary practices in which Somali students are disciplined more harshly than non-Somalis. (Gee, I wonder why? Not)
Protesters said the catalyst for the protest involved a Tuesday Snapchat post that also was shared on Facebook. It pictured a Somali Tech student in a wheelchair (because she has a broken leg) and a caption implying she was affiliated with the Islamic State group terrorist organization, Abdi said.
One of the protesters, Tech freshman Hodo Nour, said she was the student pictured. “I was in shock,” Nour said. “I was really upset about it.” Another incident involved fruit being thrown at a Somali student on stage during a cultural heritage show at the school last week, protesters said.
Protester Ayan Bashir, a Tech freshman, said these and other incidents were reported to school administrators but little was done. Bashir said students are tired of reporting such incidents to no effect. “We decided to come out here today because we needed to show action,” Bashir said. (Yes, while your obese mothers are busy protesting for more halal food in the free food bank…
Or lining up to get free apartments…)
The school was placed in containment at about the time the protest began. District spokeswoman Tami DeLand said the school briefly went into lockdown at about 2 p.m. when police responded to what she described as an unrelated argument outside the school near Lake George.
A group of students left the protest at one point, went into the building and met with administrators. Abdi was one of those students. She said administrators agreed to train staff to be “more understanding to people of color” and to hire more teachers of color aka Somali muslim throwbacks.
The students organized Wednesday’s protest through social media, said Lul Hersi, who identified herself as a parent of a Tech student. Hersi said administrators have unfairly targeted Somali students for discipline.
She said there have been cases in which Somali students are victims of bullying by non-Somali students and retaliate. The Somali students are disciplined but the aggressor isn’t punished, Hersi said. Hersi said tensions in the school aren’t just between white and Somali students. Some non-Somali African-Americans also have had run-ins with Somalis, she said. (Somalis start trouble with everyone)
Several protesters said racial tension at Tech is more pronounced than at other high schools. Nour said she recently transferred from Apollo and found Tech students to be much more hostile toward Somalis.
Fellow Tech students Maka Ali and Salma Mohamed said they had similar experiences. Ali moved to St. Cloud from Sioux City, Iowa. She said she was stunned by the level of racial animosity at Tech and the degree to which Somalis are singled out. (Ever stop to think it’s your own fault?)
One of the parents involved in the protest, Sadwda Ali, said similar issues exist at South Junior High. Sadwda Ali said students there have taunted her 11-year-old daughter for wearing a hijab and spat in her face. Sadwda Ali said she’s particularly disheartened to hear about students trying to link Somalis with the Islamic State group.
“They think that all Somalis and all Muslims are terrorists,” Sadwda Ali said. “That’s totally wrong. Our religion is peace.” (Sure it is)
Tech has been accused in the past of failing to respond effectively to harassment. Five years ago, the Council on American-Islamic Relations got a federal agency to investigate complaints of harassment in St. Cloud schools. A spokesperson for the St. Cloud school district says there was no finding of discrimination or harassment, and the schools voluntarily agreed to work to improve relations.
More allegations but little proof by Somalis of harassment:
Somali Muslim teens in St. Paul attack people in the streets and post a video of it:
Somali Muslims attack two jogggers for no apparent reason:
“I HATE GAYS!” scream Somali Muslim teens at gay man:
Food fight between Somali Muslim & African Americans turns into violent brawl at Minneapolis school:
Not sure what these Somali Muslims are screaming about here: