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

A "Slap an Asian Day" Facebook invite from another school.
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.

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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