‘Courage’ and ‘Guts’ Led to S. Phila. High Settlement

December 20, 2010 – In The News
The Philadelphia Inquirer

In December 2009, 30 Asian students from South Philadelphia High School were violently attacked by groups of mostly African-American classmates. The victims came forward with “extraordinary courage” and “guts,” telling officials stories of the violence and harassment they had suffered. Once the students described how they were abused at school, “we knew we had to do something,” Commissioner M. Joel Bolstein said.

Due to the violence, two settlements were recently announced to mandate broad reforms in how the school district handles complaints of harassment and violence. The federal court will maintain jurisdiction over the settlement for two and a half years. If the government believes the school district is not in compliance, it will seek to enforce the agreement in court.