DETROIT (WWJ) – Election 2016 has been one of the most unconventional presidential campaigns we’ve seen in recent history. Now teachers are witnessing the effects of the heated, hate-filled rhetoric on the campaign trail bleeding into their classrooms.
They call it the Trump Effect.READ MORE: Michigan House Approves Stricter Distracted Driving Bills
According to a recent Southern Poverty Law Center survey of 2000 teachers the presidential campaign is having a profoundly negative impact on school children.
“This is the phenomenon of an increase in bullying behavior on school campuses — where kids as young as first graders are feeling encouraged to bully,” says Lily Eskelsen Garcia is the president of the National Education Association.READ MORE: Sugar Factory To Open Downtown Detroit Location This Spring
“We’re going to do everything we can to sit those kids down and explain to them how a school has to be a safe and respectful place.”
She says this campaign is proof that all parties have to work together to combat bullying.
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“Tell your kids what you think about what is coming out of Donald Trump’s mouth – tell your kids that no one should feel unsafe or intimidated because of their race, ethnicity or religion. American isn’t about being a bully,” says Garcia.