SUKJONG HONG

Half of Asian-American Teens Bullied in NYC Schools (Racialicious/Hyphen)

Photo courtesy of Junior SIkh Coalition

Photo courtesy of Junior SIkh Coalition


No one promises junior high school will be easy. But for Pawanpreet Singh, a tall and mild-mannered Sikh-American teenager, junior high was overshadowed with the memories of classmates calling him “Osama” and “terrorist” and touching his turban. “I would hear at least one comment per day … I felt like I was less than everyone else, and some other species. It took a toll on my self esteem and academics,” he said. Now, as a high school student advocate, he hears from other students around the city who face the same insults and get no help from the school staff they call upon. At a September 5th press conference in lower Manhattan, Singh recalled a 13-year old student who reported to his teacher that his classmate had called him a “raghead.” According to the student, the teacher replied, “What’s the problem? That’s what you are.

Read more at Racialicious or at Hyphen Mag

Based on a report by the Sikh Coalition and AALDEF: One Step Forward, Half a Step Back

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