Educators were surveyed by the Southern Poverty Law Center and saw a huge increase in what was called "uncivil political discourse." This meant the use of Trump's name to taunt or bully children of color or different religions. It also meant there were more racist insults than normal.
High school teachers are seeing years of anti-bullying campaigns undermined by the strong rhetoric before and after the election. There are educators shocked to hear students say that we should harm — or even kill — anyone that doesn't agree with them. Students also see no difference between Muslims and believe they are incredibly dangerous.
A Philadelphia school that draws in students from different neighborhoods showed a lot of anxiety and fear from Trump's win. One ninth grade student asked her history teacher, in tears, if she'll be deported. The way the teachers worked through those questions were by letting them talk about their feelings while they used the results as part of their course subject for the day.
Angel Corral, a teacher from Oakland, California, has Latino students where many are undocumented. The teacher told Business Insider how Trump's deportation promises make it hard to talk to the kids with parents in danger of being taken from their homes. This is more complicated as the students get ready for college.
Teachers reported the difficult task of talking to their students on the Wednesday after. One high school teacher told the Washington Post of how a Hispanic student came to him thinking that because of Trump's victory it was his last day since he and his family would be deported.
The survey by Southern Poverty Law Center also showed that students who did not face, or believe they faced, Trump's threats have no consideration to people of color. This is troubling, as this reinforces the idea that kids are more aware of race than people think. A common example is when kids are taught to be "colorblind," but that fails because children, like all humans, discriminate by nature.
Sometimes teachers are involved in the bullying as well. A Los Angeles substitute teacher was fired for threatening Latino students with deportation now that Trump is president. She told a young student that Trump could use parents' contact information as a way to find the student's family for deportation.
With their work being tested or downright breaking down, teachers know they have to make a choice. Many are getting disciplined when they going into the politics with their students. With a president-elect like Trump, they may not have a choice to be partial anymore.