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REALITY CHECK: Donald Trump’s Bullying Has Already Trickled Down into Schools – and Mike Pence Stands Idly By

WASHINGTON - October 04, 2016 -

“Donald Trump called Miss Universe ‘Miss Piggy’ and ‘Miss Housekeeping.’ He denigrated the parents of a slain American soldier. He made fun of a reporter with a disability. Now we hear this hateful rhetoric in our schools, coming from our students. The fact that Mike Pence just silently stands by implicates him as well. Hillary Clinton has dedicated her life to lifting people up instead of cutting them down and so has Tim Kaine. They are the role models our students deserve to see in the White House.” – Traci Arway, Special Education Educator, Columbus, OH


  • A recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, titled “The Trump Effect,” shows some troubling data regarding an increase in bullying in our schools that directly corresponds with Trump’s ascendance:
    • More than two-third of teachers in the survey reported students – typically immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims – have spoken about fears of what this election could mean to their lives and their family’s lives.
    • More than half of the teachers reported an increase in uncivil political speech in schools.
    • More than a third reported increased anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant sentiment in schools.
    • More than 40 percent are hesitant when it comes to teaching about the election.

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