More than 2,000 teachers participated in the survey titled “The Trump Effect: The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on our Nation’s Schools,” conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center. According to the Post, the educators’ responses revealed two trends: bullying of minority students and fear among bullying targets about what would happen if Trump wins the White House.
Interestingly, the survey did not ask about a specific candidate, the Huffington Post noted. The teachers identified Trump in more than 1,000 comments.
A middle school teacher wrote this comment, according to the Post: “My students are terrified of Donald Trump. They think that if he’s elected, all black people will get sent back to Africa.”
Here’s what a third grade teacher said, via the Huffington Post:
“There is a boy from Mexico, who is a citizen, who is terrified that the country will deport him if Trump wins. He is also scared that kids and grown-ups can and will hurt him.”
More than one-third of the respondents said they’ve observed a rise in anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim attitudes. And two-thirds stated that fear is on the rise among students who are immigrants or the children of immigrants.
Students are also imitating the uncivilized discourse of presidential candidates.
Here’s what one teacher said, via the Post: “There’s a sense that if someone doesn’t agree with you, it’s acceptable (even encouraged) to have hatred and anger towards them.”
All this bad behavior has made 40 percent of the teachers reluctant to discuss the presidential primaries with students.
SOURCE: Huffington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty