Is the ‘Trump Effect’ Affecting Classroom Behavior in Danbury and Across the U.S?
Two days after Trump's inauguration, a liquored up Trump supporter began yelling obscenities at minority students at Danbury High.
The boorish behavior exhibited by the Trump supporter, and people like him has been labeled the "Trump Effect," which really began during Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.
According to PRI.org, 2,000 K-12 teachers responded to a survey which asked about the impact of the presidential campaign on schoolchildren. The finished report titled, "The Trump Effect: The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on our Nation's Schools" says the results showed:
An increase in the bullying, the harassment and intimidation of students whose races, religions, or nationalities have been the verbal targets of candidates.
A friend of mine, who teaches at one of the Danbury area schools, told me she has witnessed, first hand, the increase in overall rude behavior by students, which began in early April of 2016 and continues to this day.
According to rawstory.com, the first day after the election, two Pennsylvania high schoolers came to school carrying Donald Trump signs and calling out "white power" in the halls. A Michigan middle school had a bunch of kids yelling, "build that wall." In Tennessee, a kindergarten teacher said one of her Latino students was told by classmates he would be deported and not allowed to return after the wall was built. According to the "Trump Effect" study, the teacher said that 5-year-old Latino boy asks her everyday, "Is the wall here yet?"
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