Bullies have been an unfortunate part of schools since most of us can remember. If you were bullied at school, you know just how harsh they can be. The Biff Tannen's of the world continue to exist year after year.
According to a report from BuzzFeed News, bullies have found a new inspiration for how to pick on other kids. And that inspiration is our own president. That's because many kids are bullying by quoting the words of Donald Trump.
One of these bullying acts occurred at a high school parking lot in Shakopee, Minnesota. Several boys wearing Trump shirts taunted a black teenage girl with a reworked version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” This included a change in the final lyric to the line “and the home of the slaves.”
Louisville, Kentucky was the home of another incident of Trump-related bullying. A Latina girl was being chased around the classroom by a third-grade boy. During the chase, he was shouting “Build the wall!”
It makes sense considering how much bullying has been committed by Trump himself. In 2015, Trump was seen mocking a disabled reporter. It was an incident that got a lot of coverage, but didn't prevent him from getting elected.
Donald Trump has also made fun of everyone from Rosie O'Donnell to a Gold Star family (pictured), or the family of a soldier who died while fighting for the U.S. So perhaps it's no surprise that some bullies are using Trump for inspiration. The question now is, how do educators handle it?
“This is my 21st year in education and I’ve never seen a situation like this before,” said Brennt Emmons, a middle school principal in Oregon. “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.”