The principal at Leonardo Da Vinci School in Sacramento sent out a letter after students made hateful comments toward each other following last week's United States presidential election.
In the letter sent out last Thursday, Principal Devon Davis said some children are terrified.
Davis said 5th graders were crafting an assassination plot and other students were scared to leave the classroom for lunch or recess, fearing deportation.
"I think what struck me was that in the past if a student was crying about anything at this school, they would be met with a lot of compassion and care from their friends,” Davis said. “Instead of that, there was a different reaction."
Davis wrote a letter after hearing from teachers to further investigate what students were saying to each other.
"Statements from very young students, even 8-year-old students, saying 'well, my family will be glad when everyone returns to Mexico because all Mexicans are drug dealers,’” Davis said. “’We will be glad once all Mexicans go to Mexico, so my family can afford healthcare insurance.' It was that vocabulary used on campus that drove me to write this letter.”
The letter was not only to inform, but also remind parents of the school's values and to be accepting of everyone.
"We're Hispanic, so from what he hears and sees on the news, it's a scary thing," said parent Roxanne Hernandez.
There is a parent/teacher meeting Thursday where resources will be provided on what to do next if parents have any concerns about their children.
"They should teach their kids no matter what color your skin is, no matter how kinky your hair is, whatever, you're still a person," said grandparent Bobbie Greer.
Davis said students who were involved in any hate speech last week were brought in with their parents. She said they had a discussion about how closely children are listening.
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