Elec­tion Cam­paign ‘Lead­ing to Wide­spread Fear,’ Bul­ly­ing in Schools

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

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.

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