Report: Long Island high schoolers accused of making anti-Asian remarks to visiting students

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WANTAGH, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A group of high school students on Long Island are accused of making anti-Asian remarks to another group of visiting students, according to a News12 report.

The outlet reports Asian members of the Valley Stream South girls’ tennis teams were visiting Wantagh High School when a group of football players allegedly coughed on them and told them to “go back to China.”

While an investigation is now underway, the allegations are just the latest in a string of anti-Asian attacks and verbal assaults.

In fact, the remarks allegedly came one week after a 21-year-old man was arrested for allegedly killing eight people – six of whom were Asian women – in three massage parlors in Atlanta.

Lawmakers across the nation have agreed that there is a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes and our Sophia Hall spoke with Dr. Wilfred Farquharson, of Stony Brook University Hospital, to find out how parents can raise unbiased children.

In his advice, he tells parents it’s important to let their children ask questions about other races and for parents to educate their child on the history of race struggles.

“We're going to encourage them to ask questions about people's differences in a developmentally appropriate way. So… instead of just going and saying, ‘Oh that person's different.’ You may say, ‘Hey, where are you from. My family's from here. I'd like to know more about what your traditions are, I’d like to know more about what holidays you celebrate so I can learn for myself,’” he explains.

The psychologist also stresses the importance of not having a “color-blind” approach when raising children. He thinks it’s important to acknowledge our differences and to teach children to be aware of different cultures and ethnicities.

“What I think some of the more missed mistakes that people don't understand is when we try to not talk about race and we tell our kids, ‘Don't look at that person,’ ‘Don't ask the person about their skin color,” he explains.
“[When kids ask another person] ‘Hey, your skin color is brown,’ a parent just says, ‘Shh, don't ask that.’ That’s a teachable moment to dive in a little bit deeper and getting kids to understand that these differences exist.”

Dr. Farquharson also says that parents should teach children to stand up if they see another child being made fun of or harassed because of their skin color or ethnicity.

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