A video surfaced just a day after the election of Donald J. Trump with more than 1.6 million views as of this writing.
The eight second clip shows a group of middle school students at lunch in the school cafeteria in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak chanting, “Build The Wall!”
We often embed videos, but we have chosen not to in this case as it shows students who attend the school who could be identified.
The video, posted by Dee-Perez Scott, has the following caption:
This happened today at Royal Oak Middle School in Royal Oak Michigan. It is so sad. Latino children were crying. The taunts, the “Build that Wall” with such bullying power and hate from children to children. Just Horrifying!
The video has caused stunned reactions across social media as it has spread. Since class opened today, Royal Oak Police have been sitting outside the middle school according to Fox 2. This is in response to safety concerns brought up by parents.
According to the last census, The city of Royal Oak is 90.7% White, 4.3% African-American and 2.3% Hispanic or Latino.
District officials, in a statement, said they are working with their students to help them understand the impact of their words and actions on others in their school. Also:
In responding to this incident – indeed in responding to this election – we need to hear each other’s stories, not slogans, we need to work towards understanding, not scoring points, and we need to find a way to move forward that respects and values each and every member of our community. We will be working on this in school today. Please work on this with us.