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St. Cloud Muslims to Hold Forum with U.S. Department of Education

CAIR-MN-logo(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 4/10/15) — On Monday, April 13, the St. Cloud Muslim Community will hold an open community forum with guest from U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

The St. Cloud State Muslim Student Association will host the forum on the St. Cloud State Campus.

WHAT: Community Forum on recent student protest at the St. Cloud Technical Senior High School
WHEN: Monday, April 13, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Atwood Memorial Center, Theater, St. Cloud State University, 720 4th Avenue South. St. Cloud, MN 56301
WHO: Free and open to the general public
CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, jhussein@cair.com

St. Cloud Technical Senior High School students and parents are encouraged to take part in this forum. The event is open to the public. The DOE officials will also be conducting focus groups with students at Tech High School on Tuesday, April 14th.

Backgrounder:

On February 19, students at St. Cloud Technical Senior High School walked out of their classes to protest the discrimination they are facing. The protest occurred after a student sent a picture via Snapchat of a Somali student in a wheelchair with a caption suggesting that student was a member of ISIS, the terror group based in Iraq and Syria.

In March 2010, CAIR-Minnesota asked the DOE to investigate reports of discrimination against Somali students at Tech and Apollo high schools in St. Cloud and in Owatonna. CAIR Minnesota detailed a number of incidents in St. Cloud's high schools that they say show Somali students confront a hostile and harassing environment.

In November 2011, St. Cloud Area School District 742 submitted a settlement agreement to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights to resolve a case of harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin.

SEE: CAIR-MN Welcomes Mandated Federal Compliance in School Settlement
SEE ALSO: DOE OCR Settlement Agreement

As there was no end date for the settlement agreement, this case has stayed open, and will remain open, until the DOE finds that harassment and discrimination are no longer a concern in the District.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, jhussein@cair.com

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