Teachers’ union blames Trump for school bullying

Donald Trump’s rhetoric is encouraging school bullies who harass Muslims and Latinos, charges the National Education Association, which is launching a six-figure anti-Trump ad campaign.

Hillary Clinton appeared with National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia at the NEA’s July 5 meeting. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Hillary Clinton and NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia at the union’s July 5 meeting. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia cited an April Southern Poverty Law Center report on the alleged “Trump effect.”

In the unscientific survey, teachers who visit the SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance web site reported that students from immigrant or Muslim families are fearful about what might happen if Trump were elected, reports Ed Week. The report included “anecdotal reports of bullying teachers have tied to Trump.”

Hillary Clinton, who has talked about the “Trump effect,” has released a  new TV ad that “plays audio of Trump criticizing women’s looks as young girls look at themselves in mirrors,” reports Yahoo.

Ontario: Anti-abortion speech is ‘bullying’

Politicians are trying to suppress political speech by calling it “bullying,” charges Hans Bader. He’s got a doozy of an example from Canada: Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten says Catholic schools can’t tell students abortion is wrong because anti-abortion speech is “misogyny,” which is banned by Bill 13, the anti-bullying law.

Religious schools are subject to censorship, Broten said.

“We do not allow and we’re very clear with the passage of Bill 13 that Catholic teachings cannot be taught in our schools that violates human rights and which brings a lack of acceptance to participation in schools,” she said. …

. . . “Bill 13 is about tackling misogyny, taking away a woman’s right to choose could arguably be one of the most misogynistic actions that one could take.”

U.S. protections for free speech are much stronger than in Canada, but some school administrators have tried to bully students who disapprove of homosexuality, Bader writes.

When a Wisconsin high school newspaper ran dueling student opinion pieces on whether same-sex couples should be able to adopt children, the student who took the “no” side was accused of bullying — which can lead to expulsion — by the superintendent.

However, a conservative Christian student successfully challenged a school “harassment” code that punished students who oppose homosexuality, Bader writes. In Saxe v. State College Area School District (2001), a federal appeals court ruled there is no “harassment” exception to the First Amendment for speech which offends members of minority groups.