A 16-year-old boy in California’s San Fernando Valley was physically assaulted this week at his high school by bullies who accused him of being a coronovirus – only because he is Asian American. This novel is the latest episode from Coronavirus, despite racist incidents involving more global health emergencies, now named COVID-19.
“He originally went to the hospital and went to the emergency room,” said Robin Toma, executive director of the LA County Human Relations Commission. News conference Thursday with Los Angeles County public officials. “They were taking an MRI to make sure they had not suffered any damage or other damage.”
according to this CBS Los Angeles, Authorities released neither the student’s school name nor any further details of the attack, only noting that Los Angeles police are now investigating.
Dera Duardo, LA County Superintendent of Schools, said, “Our goal is to deliver accurate information to all of our 80 districts.” “To tell them that extreme fear is not required, that there is very little risk of contracting coronavirus, and that we will not tolerate bullying of any kind.”
There have been 15 confirmed cases of coronovirus in the US to date, including. Those patients are being treated in medical isolation, and officials insist that the virus is not currently spreading in the community.
And while the outbreak originated in China, it has nothing to do with being Asian.
“. Whoever discriminates in that manner and inserts incorrect information must be investigated,” County Supervisor Hilda Solis said at the news conference Thursday. “And I understand that the FBI is launching an investigation.”
There have been other incidents across the country where Asian Americans have targeted unfounded apprehensions of coronaviruses.
In Austin, Texas, last week, Amy Wong Mok, president of the Asian American Cultural Center, reported CBS Austin When one of his staff members coughed at a local fitness center, the other patrons left.
“She coughed a little bit because she was coming in from the cold air and then people left,” Mok said. “Just a little cough and people just left, leaving her like a plague.” He said, “At least they left. They didn’t attack him.”
In a similar incident, Dylan Muriano, a Vietnamese-American eighth grader in Los Angeles, was referred to the nurse’s office at his middle school on Wednesday as he was coughing up swallowing water.
“They actually said to me, ‘All the other students who are coughing are not sent out.” But they are not Asian, “the boy’s mother, longtime LA News anchor Leyna Nguyen, told Fox 11.
To make matters worse, when the nurse approved Murino to return to her class, the eighth grader alleged that her teammates teased her about being coronavirus.
This type of outbreak of anti-Asian racism also occurred in 2003 during the fear of the SARS virus. But public officials warned that this is neither factually based, nor acceptable behavior.
L.A. Robin Toma of the County Human Relations Commission said, “Many people may believe that just because someone is Asian or from China is likely to be the carrier of their virus in some way.” “When we see it we need to speak against it. We need to speak, not those who understand, but those who understand.”
And as the Superintendent of LA County Schools said, the possibility of a change in behavior begins with parents.
“Hate some kids learn,” said Debra Duardo, as she stood with members of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council. “It does not come naturally to them.”