Amidst a rash of hate incidents in the week since Donald Trump was elected, one type that seems to be recurring in schools around the United States are efforts by some white students to stigmatize Latino students. Latino students are bring told to get ready for deportation.
In Texas, students in the Archer City fan supporter section at a volleyball game began chanting “Build the Wall” at students from the mostly Latino Fort Hancock high school. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Archer City school district Superintendent C.D. Knobloch apologized to Fort Hancock school district officials and said disciplinary action would be taken against the students. He told the Star-Telegram that the heated emotions following last week’s election probably played a role in the incident.
“In my opinion it is stemming from the presidential election,” Knoblock said. “If we hadn’t had that election last week, this wouldn’t have happened. Our students are not racists. It’s as simple as that.”
Archer City, which last year had an enrollment of 384, is 83 percent white and 9 percent Hispanic, according to the Texas Education Agency.
The same chants broke out at the lunch room at Royal Oak Middle School in Michigan, driving some Latino students out of the cafeteria. Here is the video of the Michigan chants: