PPS warns of anti-Muslim flier, adds they're not aware of direct threats
PORTLAND, Ore. (KATU) - Portland Public Schools officials say an anti-Muslim flier that originated in the U.K. is making some Portland families feel uneasy.
The flier advertises Tuesday, April 3 as "Punish a Muslim Day."
PPS originally said the flier was circulating in their schools, but Tuesday morning they corrected this statement to say the fliers had been received by families at some of their schools.
They say the one lead turned out to be an alert to Muslim families showing the flier. A student reported the flier to a principal, saying the family had received the flier at home. PPS has since learned that the alert was sent by the Islamic Center of Portland.
PPS says no one has been targeted to receive the flier. It has only shown up online.
PPS officials say "there's no place for discrimination or harassment against our students, families and employees."
They added there's no direct threat to PPS, but the Portland Police Bureau and the district's security staff have been alerted.
"We will continue to monitor where and how the fliers are being distributed," a news release from the district said.
Portland Police officials said they will have extra patrols near community centers and Islamic houses of worship.
They added that they have no reason to believe any group in the Portland metro area will act on what the foreign leaflet contained.
If you have any information on who might be distributing the fliers, email Portland Police at email@example.com or can call the non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333.
From Portland Police:
The Bureau investigates all reported incidents of bias crimes and encourages any member of our community who is the victim of such a crime to contact law enforcement. Under Oregon law, bias crimes are defined as any criminal act that targets a victim based on the suspect's perception of the victim's race, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. Detectives work to determine whether or not bias elements are present during the reported crime that align with Oregon law as defined in ORS:
If you have been the victim of a bias crime assault, immediately call 9-1-1. If you have been the victim of a bias crime, such as vandalism or graffiti, please call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.
To learn more about bias crime investigations, please visit their website.
The Bureau has several community advisory groups and outreach opportunities for community members and police officers to come together. Advisory groups include the Portland Muslim Community Police Council, the Alliance for Safer Communities, the African American Advisory Council, and the Slavic Advisory Council. You can learn more about these advisory groups and the Bureau's commitment to the Portland community online.
Additionally, the City of Portland is a partner in Portland United Against Hate, which is a community initiated partnership of Community Based Organizations, Neighborhood Associations, concerned communities and the City.