(JACKSON HEIGHTS, QUEENS) – Sikh Coalition director Amardeep Singh’s did not hold back when expressing his reaction to a report released Thursday detailing a greater than 20% increase of Asian-American students getting bullied inside of city schools, “The situation in our school with regards to our children is absolutely unacceptable.”
Councilman Daniel Dromm described the report as, “shocking.” Dromm, a former city school teacher, not only does he represents Jackson Heights and its robust diversity, but he also sits on the City Council’s education committee. He’s seen cases of bullying in the classroom and has learned of others by constituents showing up at his office. When asked how often show up with stories of bias bullying involving their children, he says, “It happens very often that people come into my office and they will say to me that my child has been bullied for one reason or another.” He adds that those impacted coms from all different backgrounds.
The report is described as a small sampling by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund along with the Sikh Coalition. It takes dead aim at Regulation A-832 established in 2008, which details how to respond to bullying. According to the report, only 16% of those who reported bullying said they received a required written report from their school. Less than 1% of those bullied said their parents were notified, which is also a requirement of Regulation A-832.
Pawanpreet Singh, a Junior at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, says that teachers are simply lost, “As far as I have experienced, the teachers don’t know how to react. They don’t know what to say in response when they saw me getting bullied.”
Councilman Dromm does have a solution. To make bias bullying awareness a curriculum in the nation’s most diverse school district.
PIX 11 News did reach out to the Department of Education for a response to the report.
An DOE spokeswoman failed to address the report in her response.
A follow-up email went unanswered.