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Somali community forms task force to address tensions
by Sam Louwagie
Members of the St. Cloud Somali community have assembled a task force of around 15 people to meet with St. Cloud school district officials and seek a "peaceful resolution" after ethnic tensions flared at Technical High School last week. Members of the task force could meet with Superintendent Willie Jett as early as Wednesday.
Abdul Kulane, a Somali community leader and former City Council candidate, said at least 200 community members gathered Saturday at St. Cloud Public Library and chose people from different segments of the Somali population who intend to talk about what they see as a pattern of bullying and discrimination at the school. The task force includes parents of Tech students, community elders and other leaders, and two Tech students.
"We wanted the full community to be represented," Kulane said. "We want people to put their heads together and have a meaningful dialogue. It's not going to work if it's just the students, or just the parents."
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