October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and the National Education Association is launching a campaign highlighting a new kind of bullying—the kind associated with the rise of Donald Trump.
According to [NEA President Lily] Eskelsen García, their members are reporting children threatening classmates that they might be deported by Trump or calling other classmates terrorists.
“Kids feel like they have been given permission, and they are invoking the name of Donald Trump,” she said.
The NEA—the nation’s largest union—plans ads and mailers focusing on the issue. Its three million members include many in a demographic considered pivotal in this election:
A third identify as independent and another roughly one-third of its membership identifies as Republican. Critically for Clinton, the union’s membership is composed of about 75 percent women, voters with whom Trump has struggled.
Trump certainly has made the union’s case about bullying over the past week as he has repeatedly attacked former Miss Universe Alicia Machado for her weight.
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