Equity & Diversity

Amid Influx of Muslim Students, Schools Temper Tensions (Video)

By Carmen Rojas — May 18, 2016 1 min read

Growing anti-Muslim sentiment has become a problem in U.S. schools—as many as half of Muslim students have been bullied by their peers, mainly because of their religion.

One hotspot of anti-Muslim sentiment has been St. Cloud, Minn., a small city 90 minutes west of Minneapolis, where a large influx of Somali immigrants has sparked anger and intolerance in the community.

The city’s school district, however, is working to create a welcoming and tolerant school climate, offering language and cultural services, as well as extracurricular programs, designed to promote acceptance among students. Education Week’s John Tulenko reports from St. Cloud, Minn.

This video aired on PBS NewsHour on May 17, 2016.


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