Eight years ago President Barack Obama inspired the nation with his call,“Yes we can!”
Two days ago, Donald Trump was elected to be the 45th President of the United States and President Obama’s call for optimism is already being replaced by something disturbing.
A frightening video was posted on Twitter showing a group of middle school students chanting, “build the wall” in the cafeteria at their school in Royal Oak, Michigan.
The footage, which was shared by Huffington Post editor Philip Lewis, shows children having lunch at the cafeteria when some children in the background break out shouting what was Trump’s most well-known campaign slogan.
Middle school students in Royal Oak, Michigan chanting "Build The Wall!" pic.twitter.com/38vcnN9mnk— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) November 10, 2016
BuzzFeed reported that as the video was shared on social media, some parents were concerned about their children’s safety.
In response to the parents’ concern, Shawn Lewis-Lakin, superintendent of schools in Royal Oak, posted a statement to the community website.
“We are committed to providing a safe, secure, and supportive learning environment for all students,” he wrote. “We addressed this incident when it occurred. We are addressing it today. We are working with our students to help them understand the impact of their words and actions on others in their school community.”
The incident is a stark reminder of the effect Trump’s divisive campaign has already had on children.
Teachers have noted an increase in bullying, harassment, and intimidation of students whose races, religions or nationalities have been the verbal targets of candidates on the campaign trail.
Trump has repeatedly called for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border to stop illegal immigrants from Mexico crossing over to the United States, without ever explaining how he would accomplish it.
It’s disconcerting, yet not surprising, to see how children echo the things they hear around them without really understanding what they mean.
It just goes to show that words matter. Let’s hope that Trump will be more responsible with his rhetoric as president than he has been during his campaign.
Banner Photo: Twitter Video screenshot @Phil_Lewis_