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Edina schools criticized for suspending students who used pro-Palestinian chant during walkout

An attorney representing two Muslim students at Edina High School filed a complaint Monday with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights after the students were suspended for using a pro-Palestinian slogan while protesting the Israeli war in Gaza.

The two students - Somali American girls who participated in a student walkout in October - were given a three-day suspension for chanting, "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free."

Bruce Nestor, a Minneapolis attorney who volunteers for Palestine Legal, an organization that protects civil and constitutional rights of people in the United States who speak in support of Palestinians, emphasized the context of the walkout. He said Edina schools had released a statement after Oct. 7 acknowledging Jewish students' pain without acknowledging Muslim students' pain - and issued no statement after the Israeli bombing campaign began in Gaza.


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