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Trump Election Triggers Tears, Fears For Some Kids

November 13, 2016
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For many kids in Connecticut and across the country, the election of Donald Trump summoned fear, panic and nightmares. For many kids in Connecticut and across the country, the election of Donald Trump summoned fear, panic and nightmares. Teachers and psychologists say that Trump's racially charged rhetoric about immigrants, building a wall in Mexico, and Muslims, as well as comments demeaning women and others triggered fears and worries for kids — some rational, some irrational. "I don't really have that much family that are like citizens," said Rose Guadalupe, an eighth-grader at Annie Fisher Stem Magnet School in Hartford who fears family members could be deported. "What would happen if I'm separated from them. Where would I go?" Aryamaan Dhomne, a seventh-grader at Annie Fisher, said "I never thought that anyone would vote for someone who said so many outrageous things and really insulted a lot of people." He added that he is worried that Trump will make it even harder for his family, who is from India, to become citizens and stay in America. In interviews with students at several Hartford area schools, kids reported fears about deportation — even if they are in the country legally. A Muslim child was worried that anyone sharing her faith would be labeled a terrorist. Several said they feared that Trump's language would prompt others to use racial slurs or take racist actions. Trump's victory has been linked to two Boston-area incidents allegedly involving harassment and offensive language according to the Boston Globe. In one incident, two Babson College students allegedly drove through Wellesley College in a pickup Wednesday waving a Trump flag, and saying words that were "racially offensive and gender demeaning," according to Babson officials. Laura Saunders, a psychologist at Hartford Hospital's Institute of Living said that whenever there is a seminal event, "it always causes a spike in irrational behavior." "I do think that in this period people are more emboldened and will say and do things that they wouldn't typically do," Saunders aid. "They will say racist or bigoted things because that's been the climate of this whole election, so they are reflecting the climate that this current candidate has perpetuated. "It's now become a bit of a social norm to call women nasty, to be misogynistic and bigoted and anti-immigrant. It used to be something that was not talked about, but now it's come out." Simultaneously, Saunders said there is a tendency for others — in this case opponents of Trump — to become "irrationally catastrophic," to see the election as more cataclysmic than is the reality. "In the beginning it's going to be a little bit out of control for people," Saunders said. Kids Lack Perspective For children, the world can seem even more chaotic and frightening, particularly on social media. "There's a lot of extreme things that come through and...

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