The New York Magazine reports that the Southern Poverty Law Center released a new survey about the impact of the new administration and the nation’s classroom, revealing that “of the more than 10,000 teachers, counselors, and administrators from K–12 schools across the country surveyed, 90% said their school’s climate had been negatively impacted by Trump’s election.”
To add to this, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding also reports in their new study that Muslim students are more likely to be the victims of bullying in school. “More than two in five (42 percent) Muslims with children in K–12 school report bullying of their children because of their faith, compared with 23 percent of Jews, 20 percent of Protestants, and 6 percent of Catholics.” The study also found that a teacher or school official has been reported to be involved in “one in four bullying incidents involving Muslims.”
“There’s been a two-year spike in school bullying and harassment,” says Ron Avi Astor, a scholar of school violence at the University of Southern California. He added that that Muslim students are under particular stress as many hail from immigrant families.