This happened today at Royal Oak Middle School in Royal Oak Michigan. It is so sad. Latino children were crying.
The taunts, the “Build that Wall” with such bullying power and hate from children to children. Just Horrifying!
Posted by Dee Perez-Scott on Wednesday, November 9, 2016
In the wake of the presidential election, tension are expectedly high, as this recent video from a school in Michigan shows. In what looks like your typical middle school lunch room, students joined in a brief, but disturbing chant of “build that wall,” a chant that echoes President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promise to build a Mexico-U.S. border wall to keep people from entering the U.S. illegally. Michigan’s current population is around 10 million, of which 130k residents are currently undocumented.
Teachers are working with parents to ensure that students have a safe environment.
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Teachers were quick to disrupt the chant, but not before the few seconds of video was captured and displayed on Facebook, garnering, as of this writing, nearly 5.5 million views. While some might try to pass this occurrence off as no more than the overblown coverage of a small event, the school’s staff say they are taking it very seriously. The statement released by the school’s superintendent reassured parents, saying:
We are committed to providing a safe, secure, and supportive learning environment for all students. 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. Our school district and each building in it works every day to be a welcoming community for all, inclusive and caring, where all students know they are valued, safe and supported
As the country comes down from the dizzying and divisive high of the election, incidents like this, or worse, are predictably and steadily coming in. If you or anyone you know is in need of help, there are organizations dedicated to helping those on the receiving end of bullying. Please reach out.