Public School Teachers Urged To Step Up “Anti-Trump” Rhetoric

Donald Trump in Washington, DC.

A bureaucrat in Washington State’s public school system is so worried that Donald Trump’s message is breaking through the liberal media brainwashing that they’ve urged teachers to counter the “Trump effect.”

The teachers have been told to create “safe spaces” and plans for “recovery” from Trump’s “rhetoric,” and provide “protection” when students are exposed to his message.

The urgent message was sent out by Mike Donlin, an official with the state’s “School Safety Center.” That office provides schools with emergency preparedness assistance – so they must really think countering Trump’s message is an “emergency.”

The e-mail has the subject line “The impact of the Presidential Campaign on Schools” and urges teachers to take pre-emptive action to stop Trump’s “rhetoric” from “hurting students,” The Daily Caller is reporting.

“As we close this school year, we need to be aware of a phenomenon called the Trump Effect,” the email says. “Regardless of one’s politics, the impact of this year’s political rhetoric on K12 schools is huge. It has produced increasing levels of fear and anxiety among students of all ages. Fear levels are becoming especially high among ethnic, racial and linguistic minority, and LGBTQ youth. Perception is reality.”

The email links to a bogus study by the wildly discredited Southern Poverty Law Center. You’ll remember that the SPLC classified Ben Carson as an “extremist,” and whose classification of the Family Research Council as a “hate group” was the inspiration for an attempted mass shooting at their headquarters.

Anyway, the SPLC “study” surveyed 2,000 teachers who are already supporters of the group. Not surprisingly, two-thirds of the ones who responded said that students fear being deported if Trump is elected.

Despite Donlin’s claim that the Trump Effect exists regardless of politics, every example he cites clearly implies that Trump and his candidacy are to blame for an alleged surge in school bullying.

“Many [students], regardless of their place of birth, are worried about being deported,” he says. “There have even been stories of families moving or students transferring from one district to another which they perceive as safer, more inclusive.”

Donlin urges teachers to get ahead of the Trump rhetoric by incorporating “anti-bullying” events.

“The rhetoric of this election campaign is something we cannot prevent [emphasis in original],” he says. “However, we can plan for mitigation, protection, response – and recovery … Create safe places for students (and staff) to go, to talk. Don’t ignore the impact on students, staff and families. Allow students to ‘see something; say something’ in this very different context. Build discussions into lessons across curricula.”

When The Daily Caller e-mailed Donlin about his message to teachers, a spokesman replied:

“The email was intended to describe a situation that educators are identifying in schools,” Nathan Olson said. “The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is a nonpartisan office that neither endorses nor rejects candidates. The Office regrets if anyone was offended by the email.”

The Washington State Republican Party denounced the email as a state official improperly injecting politics into the taxpayer-funded school system.

“The [Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction] should be focused on making sure our state’s children receive an excellent education, and should not be pushing a highly partisan agenda on our children,” spokesman Steve Beren said.


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Robert Gehl

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Robert Gehl is a college professor in Phoenix, Arizona. He has over 15 years journalism experience, including two Associated Press awards. He lives in Glendale with his wife and two young children.

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