This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
Asian students who have been boycotting South Philadelphia High School for the past week due to concerns about violence targeting them have scheduled a "Rally to support the SPHS students" on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at the Arch Street Methodist Church, 55 N. Broad St. Attendees are invited to bring "your thoughts, a poem, song or brief statement that you would like to share with the students."
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday that the city’s Human Relations Commission has set up a private meeting Monday morning with Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, South Philly principal LaGreta Brown and Asian students and parents to mediate the ongoing issues at the school. The commission says it is contacting the students and families who were victims of the attacks to see if they will attend, the Inquirer reported.
On Friday, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund announced its plan to file complaint of civil rights violations with the U.S. Department of Justice against the Philadelphia School District "for failing to address the rampant violence against Asian immigrant students at South Philadelphia High School." On Friday, the Superintendent and Principal Brown held a press conference at the school, outlining new security measures.
The boycotting students have not yet said they are prepared to return to school and have expressed concern about the pace of the investigation of the recent violent incidents. The District has announced plans for an outside investigation.