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A New York-based online media agency has completed a national follow-up and review of 54 incident reports, which were written up at dozens of schools across the country.
BuzzFeed News reported on Tuesday (June 6th) that its correspondents uncovered the details contained in a great number of documents, which were filed by a variety of K-12 schools in about two-dozen U.S. states. The incident reports filed at all the different schools had one odd thing in common: Bullies allegedly quoted popular sayings made by President Donald Trump while victimizing their fellow students.
BuzzFeed submitted its findings from the number of reports to the Documenting Hate Project, a nationwide database of information about hate crimes and incidents of racism, which is curated by ProPublica, a nonprofit organization. All of the incidents BuzzFeed turned over to the Documenting Hate Project occurred from October 2016 to May 2017.
Teachers and principals across the country have noticed a sea change in attitudes since Trump was elected.
“This is my 21st year in education and I’ve never seen a situation like this before,” Brent Emmons, principal of Hood River Middle School in Oregon told BuzzFeed News. “It’s a delicate tightrope to walk. It’s not my role to tell people how to think about political policies, but it is my role to make sure every kid feels safe at the school,” he continued.
Chants of “Build the wall!” were yelled at Latino students in some incidents. “Deport them! Make America great again!” was yelled at other foreign-born students as well. On a school bus in suburban St. Louis, Missouri, a white child asked a black child, “Are you ready to get back on the boat to Africa now that Trump is president?” This first-ever investigation of its kind by BuzzFeed News has revealed what many felt was already evident.
Racism and other forms of hatred are alive and well in the systemic makeup of America’s schools. Fortunately, today black parents, as well as the parents in other minority groups have a growing alternative to educating their children, which doesn’t involve shipping them to an institutionalized haven for racism and bigotry-based demerit systems.