An Oregon high school student says she’s been harassed multiple times because of her skin color following Donald Trump’s presidential victory. Joy Simmons, 15, claims she found a note inside her notebook binder that read: “Go back to Africa, N*gger.” It’s the second such note she’s come across this month at Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences.
“I was in my class getting ready for a test and I opened my binder to get some supplies,” Simmons explained to KATU, “and I saw a note and it had the N-word on it and I immediately went to the office and called my mom, and she came in and talked to the principal.”
“It was before school in the morning,” Simmons said, recounting the second incident. “I was getting ready to finish up some homework and it was sitting there right in front of my binder. It just fell out. … It said ‘Go back to Africa, (N-word).'”
Teachers across the United States have reported an increase of students being attacked by other students because of their religion or skin color. Immediately following the election, a group of students in Michigan chanted, “Build the wall!” at a group of Latino students.
Ninety percent of 10,000 educators surveyed report that “school climate has been negatively affected” by this year’s election. Eighty percent describe” heightened anxiety and concern on the part of students worried about the impact of the election on themselves and their families.” According to that same study, there has been an upswing of “verbal harassment, the use of slurs and derogatory language, and disturbing incidents involving swastikas, Nazi salutes and Confederate flags.”