Pro­gram in­ter­est surges

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Teach­ing Tol­er­ance, an anti-hate pro­gram, used to get re­quests from schools once a month for help. But since the elec­tion, it’s been daily, ac­cord­ing to Mau­reen Costello, who runs the South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter pro­gram.

She started track­ing in­ci­dents through news me­dia ac­counts at the start of Oc­to­ber af­ter there seemed to be a rise. Part of the ex­pla­na­tion for the re­cent spate, she said, could be the home­com­ing sea­son.

Ad­min­is­tra­tors and teach­ers, once re­luc­tant to dis­cuss in­ci­dents over pri­vacy con­cerns, are be­ing more proac­tive, Costello said. They’re beef­ing up cur­ricu­lums and train­ing staff for dif­fi­cult con­ver­sa­tions.

“Schools are look­ing for pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment. They’re look­ing for in­ter­ven­tions,” she said. “There’s a sense of just re­ally not know­ing quite what to do.”

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