Election Campaign ‘Leading to Widespread Fear,’ Bullying in Schools
New York : The abrasive and at times toxic rhetoric of the US election campaign is having a “profoundly negative impact” on children, a report has claimed. It says the campaign is producing fear and anxiety among minority pupils, and inflaming racial and ethnic tensions in the classroom. The Southern Poverty Law Centre said teachers also reported an increase in the bullying, harassment and intimidation of students whose races, religions or nationalities have been the verbal targets of candidates. Many students feared being deported. “We’re deeply concerned about the level of fear among minority children who feel threatened by both the incendiary campaign rhetoric and the bullying they’re encountering in school,” said Richard Cohen, the group’s president. “We’ve seen Donald Trump behave like a 12-year-old, and now we’re seeing 12-year-olds behave like Donald Trump.” The survey — The Trump E f f e c t : T he I mpac t o f t he Presidential Campaign on Our Nation’s Schools — involved the questioning of around 2,000 teachers across the US. The group said the survey cannot be considered scientific, but said it provided an insight into the impact of the unusually heated election campaign.