FRISCO, Colo. (CBS4) – The presidential election has been a topic of discussion in many classrooms across the country. There have been concerns of students bullying each other because of it.
Summit County schools sent a letter home to parents on the topic the morning after Donald Trump became President-elect.
“We knew that we needed to get the communication out to make sure that parents in our community knew that we were taking this seriously,” said Summit Schools Superintendent Kerry Buhler.
“In our community we have a large immigrant population, and anytime something happens around us or involving us, sometimes that comes to school.”
A mother of a child in the school district CBS4 spoke with who wished to remain anonymous said her husband is in the United States illegally.
“If they get us separated, my kids are going to be away from their dad,” she told CBS4.
For many families like hers, illegal immigration issues are all too real.
“Having them so little and having to deal with politics breaks my heart. I didn’t even know about politics until I got 15 or 16 years old. I didn’t have to deal with any of this.”
Parents like the one CBS4 interviewed on Monday say some of the political conversation about immigration during the election cycle has been picked up by kids.
“They expressed that they were scared, they were afraid and they were nervous about what might happen based on things they been hearing, things maybe their parents had been discussing,” Buhler said.
While no one tracks legal or illegal status for kids in the school district, officials know this is an issue that hits close to home for many. That’s why they wanted to make sure families such as that of the woman CBS4 interviewed knew they were welcome.
“They are kids. They just want to be kids,” the mother told CBS4.
Buhler told CBS4 they have had very few reports of bullying since the election a week ago.