Bullying and Harassment Prevention
There are reports from around the country that coronavirus related fears are leading to increased bullying and harassment of students of East Asian actual or perceived national origin. This is not acceptable. Please keep in mind that the Minnesota Safe and Supportive Schools Act specifically defines bullying to include intimidating, threatening, abusive, or harming conduct that is directed at a student or group of students based on their actual or perceived race or national origin. Minn. Stat. § 121A.031. Likewise, the Minnesota Human Rights Act protects students and employees from discrimination based upon race and national origin. We will always ensure that our harassment and bullying policies are reviewed and enforced.
Report Hate and Discrimination
If anyone is a victim of a hate crime because of fear around COVID-19, please contact the police. We enforce the Minnesota Human Rights Act that prohibits discrimination based on someone’s race, ethnicity, or other protected classes. The creation of the Discrimination Helpline comes at a time when there are continued reports from Asian American community members who are experiencing heightened fear and backlash due to COVID-19.
How to Connect :
- Minnesotans can call the Discrimination Helpline at 1-833-454-0148 or complete and submit this online form. Translation/interpretation services are available. The helpline is staffed Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Send Minnesota Department of Human Rights an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call Minnesota Department of Human Rights at 651-539-1133 or 1-800-657-3704
- You can also contact Dr. Mike Neubeck, Superintendent by email or call 507-775-2383.
Translation and/or interpretation is available.