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I am an administrator at my school. I serve 90% Latinos, mostly immigrants. Since the Trump election, we’ve had more cases of depression, a student had a panic attack because of the election. Another student broke out in hives and started talking about fearing that their parents would be deported. A Spanish gang got into a fight with a Black gang. The Spanish gang brought bats and knives to school and talked about how they weren’t going to let anybody hurt them after Trump’s victory.
I had to have a parent meeting with a lot of the immigrant parents to answer questions about their documentation and status. Basically everyone believes that they’re going to be deported at any moment, and it’s causing a lot of fear in my students. I’ve been working with the guidance department. I’ve been calling in guidance counselors to work one on one with certain students who are very nervous. Students don’t want to apply to college because they’re afraid that if they apply, it’ll get into the hands of the wrong people, and they’ll get in trouble, so college applications are becoming a struggle.
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