Minority schoolchildren are being bullied, called “ISIS” and “terrorist,” and fear being deported – even if they’re not immigrants – according to a teacher survey conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center gauging how the 2016 presidential election is affecting America’s schools.
The report, titled “The Trump Effect: The impact of the presidential campaign on our nation’s schools,” found that 20 percent of the 5,000 teacher responses blamed 2016 GOP front-runner Donald Trump for inflaming tensions in the classroom. More than 40 percent of teachers said the tenor of the election is making them reluctant to teach about the race.
“My students are terrified of Donald Trump,” responded one teacher from a middle school with a large population of black Muslims. “They think that if he’s elected, all black people will get sent back to Africa.”