Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Harmful to Kids

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Harmful to Kids

Article excerpt

As an educator, I've seen a rise in bullying behavior from students recently. Is it any wonder, when a candidate for the highest public office in the nation acts like a bully, that kids think it's OK to be a bully, too?

Donald Trump has for months waged a presidential campaign using behavior that shouldn't be condoned in a public school from even the youngest children. He is setting the worst possible example, and it's harmful to kids.

I work with students with learning disabilities and emotional challenges that make school very difficult. They are 5, 6 and 7 years old and don't have the emotional maturity or skills to handle that frustration. Adults should be role models for how to handle those feelings. Having a presidential candidate who is exemplifying the behavior of the students I teach each day does not provide my students a helpful and appropriate example. …

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