In the aftermath of the presidential election, many disturbing incidents have been reported in our schools and by our children. You may have heard about the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) incident involving a substitute teacher. A sixth-grade teacher was caught in an audio recording telling his students that their parents would be deported and they would be placed in foster care, adding that he had all their mommy’s and daddy’s information to give to the government. If you wish to hear the dreadful incident, you can listen to it here.
Considering the abhorrent and hate-filled campaign run by President-Elect Trump and the increase in hate speech, crime and bullying in our schools since his election, we want to ask everyone to be ever vigilant. We must demand zero tolerance of hate in our schools and classrooms and especially by the adults who have access to our kids. If your child comes home and shares a story of a student or a teacher that has made your child feel uncomfortable, report it immediately, and file a formal complaint. We cannot allow the normalization of hate speech in our schools.
In the case of the 6th grader at LAUSD, she had a cell phone to tape part of the incident, but not every student has a cell phone. If a teacher says something that should be reported, students should band together to report it to their principal immediately. Parents should sit down with their children and have a very serious conversation about the events that are unfolding and what they need to do if they or someone in their class is a victim of hate speech or bullying.
Another thing parents can and should do is be proactive. Organize a meeting between concerned parents and staff to address the matter head on. Go in and let your voices be heard, and let them know that we demand ZERO TOLERANCE for hate against our community and our children. The classroom should remain a welcoming and safe environment for our students. Any teacher that has a problem with teaching our kids should submit a letter of resignation and go find employment elsewhere.
Now more than ever we need to speak out. Demand a ZERO TOLERANCE racism and hate speech policy for schools and classrooms!
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