All four Indian-American members of the current US Congress have expressed deep concern over the recent incident in which a boy of Indian descent was attacked at a Texas school, the video of which has gone viral online.
In a rare joint statement on Monday, Indian-US Congressmen Ami Bera, Ro Khanna, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal said: “We are deeply concerned about the recent bullying incident that occurred at Coppell Middle School North in the Coppell Independent School District ( CISD) As you know, a widely circulated video of the incident shows 14-year-old Shaan Pritmani being assaulted and eventually “suffocated” in an alleged wrestling maneuver that could have resulted in serious injury.”
“This video has sparked widespread outrage in the Indian-American community. As Indian-American congressmen and representatives of our diverse communities, the possibility of a young Native American being targeted in this way is extremely disturbing,” they said.
14-year-old at Coppell Middle School North is attacked in the cafeteria as students watch.
Teen in chokehold faces 3 days of punishment. His parents are furious. Other teen faced 1 day sentence.
— Malini Basu (@MaliniBasu_) May 16, 2022
The letter was addressed to Texas Coppell Independent School District (CISD) Superintendent Brad Hunt and Coppell Middle School principal Greg Axelson.
“We understand that in a May 15, 2022 statement to the community, Dr. Hunt emphasized that bullying, both verbal and physical, and physical aggression are never acceptable and do not fit with who we are at CISD and our core values,” the Indian American Congressmen.
It is the first time that all four Indian-American lawmakers have written a joint letter.
“The recent bullying incident at Coppell Middle School North targeting a young Indian-American student is unacceptable and has struck a chord across the country,” Congresswoman Ro Khanna said in a tweet.
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