Every presidential election brings out an intense level of passion in voters. This passion reminds us what it’s about to live in and participate in a democracy. Every election also brings about a range of emotions. These emotions can boil over in support of a voter’s or group of voters’ chosen candidate. This year’s election was perhaps the most polarizing in history for several different reasons. We are not here to comment in any way on the details of the election, the candidates or how anyone should feel about the results. The essence of our freedom is that we are free to disagree reasonably. Unfortunately, one of the problems that continues to garner attention is that many disagreements are being handled in an unreasonable manner, including among children. The children’s rights lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys would like to touch on the troubling issue of post-election bullying and what can be done in response.
StopBullying.gov defines bullying as, “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.” It’s unfortunate that many if not almost all of us have heard disparaging terms such as “fascist” or “communist” tossed about in furtherance of what was supposed to be political discourse. It’s even more troubling when we hear about children being singled out or mistreated – sometimes physically – because of who they supported in the election.
A large number of children have also been subjected to post-election bullying because of who their families supported or who they were presumed to support based on how they looked, their gender, their religious beliefs or other assumptions. Regardless of the context, bullying is still bullying and it’s something that requires a proper reaction. Below are just a few examples of the types of post-election bullying that has been occurring around the United States in recent days and weeks.
Bullying is still bullying regardless of context, and it’s still bullying regardless of how it occurs. Below are just a few examples of the types of post-election bullying that can occur in the wake of an emotionally-charged election:
School districts around the United States are responding to the growing problem of post-election bullying by sending information to parents regarding how they should respond. Some ideas from some of the different school districts and other concerned parties include:
Despite the best efforts of parents and others, there are times when children will still be harmed because of bullying. The prevalence of bullying has grown since the election. If your child has been harmed as a result of post-election bullying or any other type of bullying and those who are responsible for that child’s treatment failed to act appropriately, you need to help restore your child’s safety and dignity. Do so by seeking the help of children’s rights lawyers who understand what it takes to hold those responsible for this type of harm accountable. Contact Gomez Trial Attorneys as soon as possible for a free case evaluation.
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