Donald Trump’s America is proving to be a truly horrific place for people of color, and he hasn’t even taken office yet. Reports of students being harassed by their classmates have been pouring in all week, but it isn’t just children harassing other kids. Teachers are even throwing out bigoted taunts.
A substitute teacher from Los Angelos was fired after being caught on camera telling an 11-year-old Hispanic girl about all the terrible things that were going to happen to her and her family now that Trump had been elected.
Jennifer Reynaga, the child’s mother, said she is hardly surprised that this kind of open hatred is so rampant. Indeed she said she expected it after Trump won the election with a platform of racism and promises of a great wall to keep out immigrants. However, when it came to her daughter, she expected the bullying to come from other children, not teachers.
“I would think the kids would do it, but I never thought a teacher would do it,” Reynaga said.
Another student who witnessed the disgusting incident recorded it all with a cell phone. In the recording, you can hear the substitute teacher at Bret Harte Middle School in South Los Angeles saying absolutely horrific things to this frightened child.
“If you were born here, then your parents got to go. Then they will leave you behind, and you will be in foster care,” the teacher said viciously.
When this scared 11-year-old asked how Trump would find her, his answer was downright sickening.
I have your phone numbers, your address, your mama’s address, your daddy’s address. It’s all in the system, sweetie.
The Reynaga family turned the video over to the school district, who promptly fired the substitute physical education teacher. LAUSD officials said they will not comment because of pending personnel matters.
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.