Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Students caught up in post-election rancor

— The bitter feelings and contentiousness that marked the presidential election have continued in the days following President-elect Donald Trump’s victory – and not just among adults.

The day after the election, a sixth-grader at Dillard Drive Middle School in Raleigh posted a picture of herself showing support for Trump, and she and her mother were stunned by the reaction.

Another student responded on social media by calling the 11-year-old girl a racist and an “islamophiba slug,” among other taunts.

“It’s not adults having hate. It’s going beyond that. It’s going into our schools. I’m not OK with that,” the girl’s mother, Nina Golden, said Friday.

Wake County Public School System administrators share Golden’s sentiments.

“Our board policy prohibits harassment and bullying behavior at all levels. We place a priority on providing every student and employee with a safe and orderly learning and working environment,” school district spokeswoman Lisa Luten said in a statement.

Golden said school administrators investigated the issue and dealt with the other student immediately, but she said she worries children will be dealing with the post-election divisiveness for the foreseeable future.

“This is not just about my child,” she said.

Golden also had some advice for parents dealing with student harassment.

“Don’t react negatively. It’s so easy to get caught up in the moment. You want to go straight to the kid or their parents,” she said. “Take a step back, assess the situation and get the school involved right away.”

A special thank you to our friends at WRAL for helping out with this post.

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