The Trump Effect: Why Children Are Terrified Of Donald Trump

Oct 11, 2016 05:53 AM EDT | Sounak Mukhopadhyay


You may have heard "The Trump Effect" on Monday during the second presidential debate. Hillary Clinton used it to describe a new trend.

According to The Southern Poverty Law Center, the recent phenomenon is based on a survey conducted on around 2,000 teachers. The educators, who teach students from kindergarten to high school, have talked about it in the survey.

The voluntary survey was open to anyone who was willing to take part. The center says those who are more concerned about social justice may have been the ones who participated in the survey.

According to the majority of the teachers, children are terrified of the potential situation in case Donald Trump becomes the president. Muslim students and those who are from immigrant backgrounds are more concerned.

"The Trump Effect" has apparently motivated students to get more impolite while talking about politics. Around 40% teachers, on the other hand, say that they hesitate while discussing the US presidential election.

A large number of teachers say they have witnessed anti-Muslim emotion among students. The National Education Association President Eskelsen García says she is circumspect about children watching the presidential debate.

She earlier asked sixth-graders to watch presidential debates and write about it. But, she says she is not comfortable children listening to the views discussed in such debates.

"I'm not so sure I'd really want my kids to watch this debate," The Huffington Post quoted García as saying. "It's really kind of disturbing what they're hearing out there."

The NEA has endorsed Clinton for president. The largest labor union in the United States represents three million educators. Around three-fourth of them are women. It now asks people to take a stand for bullied students. According to the organization, Trump is a bully himself.

It will be interesting to see how America reacts to "The Trump Effect." It will be decided on November 8.

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