Wake County Schools

Students caught up in post-election rancor

Posted November 11, 2016

— The bitter feelings and contentiousness that marked the presidential election have continued in the days following President-elect Donald Trump's victory – and not just among adults.

The day after the election, a sixth-grader at Dillard Drive Middle School in Raleigh posted a picture of herself showing support for Trump, and she and her mother were stunned by the reaction.

Another student responded on social media by calling the 11-year-old girl a racist and an "islamophiba slug," among other taunts.

"It's not adults having hate. It's going beyond that. It's going into our schools. I'm not OK with that," the girl's mother, Nina Golden, said Friday.

Wake County Public School System administrators share Golden's sentiments.

"Our board policy prohibits harassment and bullying behavior at all levels. We place a priority on providing every student and employee with a safe and orderly learning and working environment," school district spokeswoman Lisa Luten said in a statement.

Golden said school administrators investigated the issue and dealt with the other student immediately, but she said she worries children will be dealing with the post-election divisiveness for the foreseeable future.

"This is not just about my child," she said.

Golden also had some advice for parents dealing with student harassment.

"Don't react negatively. It's so easy to get caught up in the moment. You want to go straight to the kid or their parents," she said. "Take a step back, assess the situation and get the school involved right away."


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  • Alfred Barnes Nov 12, 2016
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    Send in the clowns

  • John Barbara Nov 12, 2016
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    That is an eminently dishonest comment. The bully is not in "fear" of his victim nor of Trump nor a Trump Presidency. The bullying was indoctrinated to be a hateful and intolerant bully by his hateful and intolerant parent(s).

    This "fear" of Trump is as phony as Trump's hair and Hillary's character.

  • Robin Cubbon Nov 12, 2016
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    i don't support trump but i do not support this child being bullied about it. she is just 11 and does not know why the other children fear him. unfortunately teachers are going to have their hands full with bullying on both sides of the aisle. i'm sorry for her pain.