On Wednesday, after Donald Trump won the election, a group of white high schoolers in York, Pennsylvania, celebrated the Republican’s victory by marching through the halls of their school chanting “white power” while brandishing a Trump campaign sign. One hispanic student even claims that her fellow minority classmates were spit on as the hate procession passed again during lunchtime.
This wasn’t the first time we’ve seen racially-driven bullying in schools related to the 2016 election. It’s been an ongoing trend, and one that shows no signs of abating in the days following the election.
During the second presidential debate, in October, Hillary Clinton addressed the rising tensions in American schools. “Children listen to what is being said,” she said as she stood next to a grimacing Trump. “And there’s a lot of fear. Bullying is up. A lot of people are feeling uneasy.” She called this phenomenon the “Trump effect,” and the term has stuck thanks to the link between the increasing anxiety and harassment among minority children and the president-elect’s campaign rhetoric, which was filled with hate—from his calls to ban all Muslim immigration to his generalization that all Mexican immigrants are rapists.