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Early evidence of a ‘Trump effect’ on bullying in schools

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    jsx
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    Just my opinion here, but children are a pretty good distillation and amplification of their parents' behaviour. They have no capacity yet to form their own dogma and mirror their parents words...

    Just my opinion here, but children are a pretty good distillation and amplification of their parents' behaviour. They have no capacity yet to form their own dogma and mirror their parents words and actions because that's the example they're being consistently shown. If their parents are emboldened racists, then those kids are going to start acting like emboldened racists. Most of these kids don't actually harbour real hatred in their hearts, however by repeating this behaviour it's going to become their actual way of life and this cycle of bigotry will continue to thrive.

    I have no solution to propose here, but I will say that I have observed my own prejudices and biases diminish the more time I spend with others whom I previously directed them to, and the more I see that all people are pretty much the same. We all want to be healthy, happy, feel safe, and be fulfilled. There are assholes in every tribe and they shouldn't represent the majority just because they may have the loudest voices.

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      Yup, that is exactly what one of the folks quoted in the article detailed Some of the behavior certainly seems to just be echoing the words / actions of their bigoted parents

      Yup, that is exactly what one of the folks quoted in the article detailed

      Cohen says it’s hard to fully understand why school bullying would increase only in communities where a majority of adults had voted for Trump and not Clinton. “It’s not that Trump alone is affecting how people think and feel and act,” said Cohen. “It’s Trump in partnership with the local community. If we have a large segment of the parent community who are connected to racist, anti-immigrant sentiment, then Trump is giving permission to these people to give voice to that sentiment.”

      Some of the behavior certainly seems to just be echoing the words / actions of their bigoted parents

      “Students would chant, ‘Build the wall,’ or ‘Trump, Trump, Trump,’ and aim those chants at Latinos,” said Maureen Costello, director of the Teaching Tolerance project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. “People described it as testosterone-drenched emboldened bullying behavior. I cannot recall a time when political slogans were used in schools to harass or threaten other people.”

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