Chaska police thwart "Slap an Asian Day" in middle school

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A "Slap an Asian Day" Facebook invite from another school.
The parent of a Chaska Middle School West student was looking over her kid's Facebook page when she noticed another student complaining that someone had slapped her that day in school. Someone replied to that post saying that it was because it was "Slap an Asian Day" in school.

The parent followed that post down a Facebook rabbit hole and discovered that yet another student had declared an official "Slap an Asian Day." It was supposed to be today.

With the clock ticking until Slap an Asian Day, the parent contacted the Chaska police department.

After receiving the complaint, the Chaska Middle School West's police liaison went on Facebook and identified the poster, a 6th grade boy. His parents were called and the student was brought in for a serious talk.

"This young man thought he was being funny with a closed circle of friends, not realizing Facebook goes everywhere," says Chaska Police Chief Scott Knight.

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Chief Scott Knight says the Facebook posting was a clear case of bullying.

In front of the officer, the boy took down his post and replaced it with an apology to anyone he'd offended. Today, Asian students are walking the hallways worry-free.

That doesn't mean it's over for the Chaska police. Although Knight says he was told there would be consequences at school for the boy, Principal Sheryl Hough says she isn't planning any disciplinary action.

"It's a non-school related issue. A student posted something on his website at home," she told City Pages. "He did it as a joke. It was a non-issue."

She added, "The student is Asian himself."

That's not sitting right with Knight for a couple different reasons. He believes that the post, while perhaps not malicious in its intent, does cross the line into bullying. He also doesn't like the fact that the principal is doling out identifiers to justify the boy's actions.

"In that particular school, the pool of Asian males is very small. In my mind she's identifying the kid," he says. "That's their business I guess."

The matter might be settled in the mind of the school administrators, but Knight says they're still looking for the girl who was originally smacked.

"We need to learn more about who that target was," he says. "There will be criminal charges if she was truly assaulted."

Although the Chaska student's post is down, "Slap an Asian Day" is apparently not a Minnesota invention. There was one in Georgia, one in Hawaii and one in Michigan.

The origin, however, remains a mystery.

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21 comments
Magicanegra724
Magicanegra724

Google cyber bullying. Although the actual posting didn't happen at school, the effects are felt at school. The principal should have acted. Kids have a right to feel safe at school. Things like this can and have produced long term pschological effects and has led to suicide. It being 'just a joke' is ignorance. Even if the kid is Asian, he needs consequences. It doesn't seem the cheif needed to make a huge press release, but attention does need to be brought to issues like these and if the school wasn't going to do anything, then what should have been done??

Noelle
Noelle

whens trip a midget day?? lmao

soy yo
soy yo

I am proud that the school did not take action because it was not school related and did not happen on campus; it was actually none of their business. Also, the student just thought he was being amusing and because he is Asian, he may have thought it was be acceptable, similar to when black people used the N word.

Chaska_Resident
Chaska_Resident

Please tell me what law this kid violated. What right does Police have to 'bring him in for a serious talk'. We know moral Police from Iran. Somebody needs to tell Chaska Police that they are overstepping their boundaries. If this is what they are spending their time on, maybe it's time to take a close look and see if the department isn't a little overstaffed. 

John K
John K

This is a joke. The Police did nit thwart anything. In fact, this is a clear case of police retaliation. It's well known that this school just had to cut their full time police liaison in the school. This did not sit well with the chief. The Facebook posting happened off of school grounds, yet the police made a point to conduct interviews at the school and name the school out in the press. Then the Chief had the guts to blame the principal for noting it was an asian student that made the comments. Why did he drag the school into this at all? The title of this article is a joke, as is the story, or lack thereof a story. 

Who is Ceelo
Who is Ceelo

Slap a Scandinavian Day would be mass hysteria

123anywear
123anywear

it came from the depths of 4chan

guest
guest

thats why you use g+

Chunkstyle5
Chunkstyle5

That's the infamous Scott Knight. Yes, it's true, he's addicted to his own press releases. But that's not the half of it. Chaska is a small town, 17 officers in its PD total. Yet he likes to dress up with 4 stars on his uniform, WITH 4 Admiral stripes on his sleeves. Dude has some serious emotional issues. I once conversed with him, with one of his subordinates standing behind him, rolling his eyes whenever the boss spoke. (It should be noted, Minneapolis has some 600 personnel, yet its chief wears just 2 stars, when he wears a uniform at all.)

What
What

The Chaska police chief must be bored

Bianca
Bianca

I think another problem is the fact that 6th graders have Facebook profiles. Whyyyyyy....

Caleb B Moore
Caleb B Moore

then i guess you wouldn't think it wrong for there to be a "punch a gay kid in the face" day, or "kick a redhead" day, or "throw rocks at disabled kids" day?

Pandoramn
Pandoramn

No, it's called "neighborhood policing".  If you start with the small stuff, especially with kids, you have a better chance of controlling malicious behavior when they get older.  You must not be a parent....at least, I hope you're not...

John K
John K

Noone said it's okay, but it's a joke that the dept. makes a press release over this. It was a joke. There was no reason to bring negative attention to the school, as the posting did not mention anything about school nor was it made at school or during school hours. 

John K
John K

If they were so concerned they would have visited the student at home outside of school hours as that's when the posting was made.The police intrusion into the school was retaliation for the police liaison falling victim to budget cuts.  

What
What

Perhaps I should have been clearer:  The Chaska police chief must be bored, not to do the work to stop this, but to issue a press release saying he stopped it.  Police agencies do this stuff every day and don't bother issuing press releases...

machjackjr1980
machjackjr1980

@John K OK ITS JUS A JOKE HUH? OK LET HAVE A SLAP A CRACKER DAY!!!

Hersley Alexander
Hersley Alexander

Apparently some of you did not read the post clearly. It was supposed to be a celebrated school day. Just like Redwing's school. And the fact that any of you brush this off as just joke, i'm sure wouldn't think so if it the details of the slap a mofo day described you or your child. especially if people were doing it. A black man was just killed because of this BS. I would never get the police involved i would come to your house and beat yours and your kids ass.

Phoenix
Phoenix

It's pretty typical of small town news to report on things that would be non-news in a big city, often with unintentionally hilarious results. David Letterman has a regular segment on this.

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