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Donald Trump May Be The Cause of Uptick In School Bullying

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Long before Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination, many parents were concerned about the kind of example he set for children. After all, this is the man who has referred to women as fat pigs,” “dogs,” “slobs” and “disgusting animals.” This week, the Washington Post obtained a 2005 video of Trump bragging "in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to to have sex with women," to Billy Bush, then on Access Hollywood. "When you're a star," Trump was recorded saying in the video, "they let you do it. You can do anything."

He's also poked fun at a disabled journalist, and he even boasted that he could "stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody" without losing voters.

Turns out, we had legitimate reason to worry—and not just about the election. The Teachers Union claims that the ”Trump Effect” is negatively impacting school-age children. It all began when he announced his candidacy for president, during which he called Mexican immigrants “rapists.” Later, he told CNN that Mexicans and other immigrants are “killers.” After two men beat up a 58-year-old homeless, Hispanic man in Boston, Trump called his followers “passionate.”

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Now it seems these anti-immigrant rants have inspired school bullies and filled children with hate, according to the National Education Association (NEA). The largest labor union in the world, NEA represents some 3 million educators, many of whom have come forward with horror stories from the classroom.

“There is bullying going on, and [there are] children who feel that they are given permission to repeat some of the things they’re hearing out of Donald Trump’s mouth,” said NEA president Lily Eskelsen García. Just one example: white students at an Indiana high school basketball game held up a Trump photo and shouted “build a wall” to the mostly Latino opposing team.

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However, the evidence of the problem isn’t purely anecdotal. A report by the Southern Poverty Law Center (which coined the term "Trump Effect") included a teacher survey that revealed immigrant classmates had experienced more taunts, slurs, name-calling and threats of deportation since the presidential campaign began. This environment has made many immigrants and their children feel unsafe, whether they are here legally or not.

As a result, the NEA is putting their financial support behind Hillary Clinton and getting out the word on the harm being done to the country's children. “We are going to do everything humanly possible to make sure that we have a president who will be a good role model for children,” Eskelsen García added. “Donald Trump is not on that list, but Hillary Clinton is.”

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