The purge of Asian American students at Thomas Jefferson High School has begun
On June 5, Principal Ann Bonitatibus of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ) stood before the 2021 graduating class and pronounced with a dramatic flourish that the students were about to graduate from “the No. 1 school in America.”
That’s when a voice cried out from the bleachers: “Keep it that way!”
Those words were spoken by a TJ father who immigrated to the United States from China after surviving the Cultural Revolution.
Over the past year, TJ and Fairfax County Public Schools officials have systematically set out to reduce the number of Asian American students at the highly regarded high school — and based on the most recent admissions data, their purge is succeeding.
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