You think people who support Donald Trump aren’t racist? If not, then how do you explain the increase in school bullying against minority students? Or the fact that these incidents echo themes from the president-elect’s racially charged rallies?
On Wednesday, the day after Mein Trumpf stunned pundits and pollsters with his surprise win, yet another one of these school bullying incidents took place. The Detroit News reports Dee Perez-Scott heard a group students loudly chanting “Build That Wall!” while having lunch in her school’s cafeteria. She caught it on video, posted it to her Facebook page, and wrote:
‘This happened today at Royal Oak Middle School in Royal Oak Michigan. It is so sad. Latino children were crying.’
This surprisingly mature young woman added:
‘The taunts, the “Build that Wall” with such bullying power and hate from children to children. Just Horrifying!’
The video with the school bullying incident went viral and had been viewed over 4.6 million times at the time of this writing.
Shawn Lewis-Lakin, the superintendent for Royal Oak Schools wrote in in a statement:
‘We addressed this incident when it occurred. We are addressing it today. We are working with our students to help them understand the impact of their words and actions on others in their school community.’
In addition, the Royal Oak Police Dept. sent officers over to the school on Thursday to keep an eye on the situation, and are also keeping an eye on reactions to Dee Perez-Scott’s video. Lt. Keith Spencer told The Detroit News:
‘We are aware of the video and are monitoring comments on it as it gets shared.’
The school superintendent’s statement adds:
‘In responding to this incident — indeed in responding to this election — we need to hear each other’s stories, not slogans. We need to work towards understanding, not scoring points, and we need to find a way to move forward that respects and values each and every member of our community. We will be working on this in school today.’
Watch: Terrifying Trump-themed school bullying incident caught on video.
It’s a good thing local police and people running the school seemed to take the anti-Hispanic school bullying seriously. Unfortunately, as generations of current and former children who’ve been bullied learn the hard way, schools can’t stop bullying on their own. When a not-so-presidential candidate for a major political party makes cruel, racist remarks and acts like a bully, it gives young people the impression that it’s okay for them to do it too. And if the adults in their lives either outright agree or passively agree by failing to raise any objections, kids absorb that as well.
The 74 Million, a news site for educators, reports they’ve already compiled an alarming 50 reports of Trump-themed school bullying incidents since Donald Trump’s victory:
‘In the days since Donald Trump was elected president, horrifying incidents of election-inspired bullying have been reported at schools across the country. The 74 is tracking these terrible stories.’
They’ve urged Donald Trump to speak out against the surge in school bullying…But really, that’s like asking a fox to speak out against raiding the hen house. If you hear of any incidents, you can email them to [email protected]
These horrifying stories began well before Election Day. In one incident, the teacher was the one doing the bullying. In October, a family of Muslim refugees from Somalia and the ACLU filed a complaint against the Academy of Excellence in Phoenix after a teacher (allegedly!) told their 12-year-old son:
‘I can’t wait until Trump is elected. He’s going to deport all you Muslims. Muslims shouldn’t be given visas. They’ll probably take away your visa and deport you. You’re going to be the next terrorist, I bet.’
And then there’s that other bullying incident from February with white high school basketball players chanting “USA!” and “Trump! Trump! Trump!” at the less melanin-challenged opposing team at Perry High School in Iowa. Although Iowa’s mostly white, Perry High School is 48 percent minority with a mix of Hispanics, Native Americans, and blacks.
Thankfully, Perry’s students seem highly resilient…Thanks to Donald Trump, they’ll need to be. Shammond Ivory, a senior, told reporters:
‘As soon as I hear something like that, it just triggers me and it makes me strive for more and to do it for my team, coaches and my community.’
Featured image: Video screen grab via Dee Perez-Scott’s Facebook page.