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Report: Kids Using Trump Messages To Bully Classmates

| by Jordan Smith

A report alleges that there have been more than 50 incidents of American school children using the campaign slogans of President Donald Trump to bully their classmates.

Buzz Feed conducted an investigation into incidents of bullying and found Trump-related insults had been used by students on 54 occasions in 26 states.

At a school in Minnesota, boys wearing Trump T-shirts gathered around a black girl in a parking lot and sang the “Star-Spangled Banner.” They changed the last line to "And the home of the slaves," Buzz Feed reported.

Boys surrounded a third grader in a New Mexico school playground chanting, "Trump! Trump! Trump!"

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A white eighth grader told a Filipino classmate on a Texas school bus, "You are going to be deported."

Other comments reported by Buzz Feed included, "Now that Trump won, you're going to have to go back to Africa, where you belong," and "Go back home to whatever country you're from."

In another incident in Kentucky, a white boy chased a Latina girl around a classroom shouting, "Build the wall!"

Buzz Feed noted that no quantitative study on the election's impact on bullying has been conducted. Its investigation was based on reports submitted to the Documenting Hate Project, a database set up by ProPublica.

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A total of 149 incidents were found on the database, but Buzz Feed did not receive a response from anyone when they tried to follow up on 95 of them.

Antonio Lopez, an assistant school superintendent, told Buzz Feed about a plan he had helped implement to personally track racist bullying incidents in his district.

"It's unacceptable and it reflects a wider climate of hate that we're seeing," Lopez said of the bullying.

Trump was accused during the election campaign of promoting hatred against Mexicans, Muslims and immigrants.

"This is my 21st year in education and I've never seen a situation like this before," Brent Emmons, a middle school principal, told Buzz Feed. "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."

Trump has always denied allegations that he is racist or encourages racism.

"I am not a racist, in fact, I am the least racist person that you've ever encountered," Trump told the Washington Post in a 2016 interview.

Trump proceeded to state that he was not concerned about allegations suggesting he was racist because he did not think that people believed them.

Sources: Buzz Feed, Washington Post / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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