Teacher survey: Donald Trump responsible for 'fear and bullying' in schools

There's no doubt that the campaign of Donald Trump has impacted American politics. But is he responsible for an increase in "fear" and "bullying" in our nation's schools.

According to a survey of American teachers, the answer is yes.

ABC News:

The 2016 presidential campaign is "producing an alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color" in classrooms nationwide, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a nonprofit civil rights organization.

The report is based off responses from 2,000 teachers to an unscientific online survey created by the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance project, the SPLC wrote in a news release on Wednesday.

Teachers across the U.S. "reported an increase in the bullying, harassment and intimidation of students whose races, religions or nationalities have been the verbal targets of candidates," the release said.

I vote this "unscientific" survey the most egregious example of partisan politics of the entire campaign. Are they kidding? The SPLC is a far left organization that brands mainstream conservative groups as "hate groups." And then they took the responses from people who read their website - not too many unbiased observers there - to "prove" that Trump is poison?

"My students are terrified of Donald Trump," said one teacher from a middle school with a large population of African-American Muslims, according to the report. “They think that if he’s elected, all black people will get sent back to Africa.”

Another teacher said that a Latino child in her kindergarten class has been asking every day "Is the wall here yet?" after being told by classmates he would be deported and blocked from returning by a wall.

The report also noted that more than a third of the teachers who responded "observed an increase in anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant sentiment."

A number of teachers said Muslim students were being called "terrorists" or "ISIS," and one teacher noted that a fifth grader told a Muslim student "that he was supporting Donald Trump because he was going to kill all of the Muslims if he became president!”

I challenge the authenticity of most of those comments. The adults may actually be projecting their political opinions onto their students. I can't imagine a child actually saying that Trump would send all blacks back to Africa or kill all the Muslims. Only a teacher interested in making damning claims against Trump would be so specifically terrifying and the notion that kids thought those comments up all by themselves is absurd.

Trump's toxicity can be criticized without resorting to exaggerations or lying. The fact that the SPLC published this ridiculous survey is typical of the left, who don't feel comfortable unless they are ginning up outrage and hysteria against their political opponents.

Even at the expense of the truth.

There's no doubt that the campaign of Donald Trump has impacted American politics. But is he responsible for an increase in "fear" and "bullying" in our nation's schools.

According to a survey of American teachers, the answer is yes.

ABC News:

The 2016 presidential campaign is "producing an alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color" in classrooms nationwide, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a nonprofit civil rights organization.

The report is based off responses from 2,000 teachers to an unscientific online survey created by the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance project, the SPLC wrote in a news release on Wednesday.

Teachers across the U.S. "reported an increase in the bullying, harassment and intimidation of students whose races, religions or nationalities have been the verbal targets of candidates," the release said.

I vote this "unscientific" survey the most egregious example of partisan politics of the entire campaign. Are they kidding? The SPLC is a far left organization that brands mainstream conservative groups as "hate groups." And then they took the responses from people who read their website - not too many unbiased observers there - to "prove" that Trump is poison?

"My students are terrified of Donald Trump," said one teacher from a middle school with a large population of African-American Muslims, according to the report. “They think that if he’s elected, all black people will get sent back to Africa.”

Another teacher said that a Latino child in her kindergarten class has been asking every day "Is the wall here yet?" after being told by classmates he would be deported and blocked from returning by a wall.

The report also noted that more than a third of the teachers who responded "observed an increase in anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant sentiment."

A number of teachers said Muslim students were being called "terrorists" or "ISIS," and one teacher noted that a fifth grader told a Muslim student "that he was supporting Donald Trump because he was going to kill all of the Muslims if he became president!”

I challenge the authenticity of most of those comments. The adults may actually be projecting their political opinions onto their students. I can't imagine a child actually saying that Trump would send all blacks back to Africa or kill all the Muslims. Only a teacher interested in making damning claims against Trump would be so specifically terrifying and the notion that kids thought those comments up all by themselves is absurd.

Trump's toxicity can be criticized without resorting to exaggerations or lying. The fact that the SPLC published this ridiculous survey is typical of the left, who don't feel comfortable unless they are ginning up outrage and hysteria against their political opponents.

Even at the expense of the truth.