Taunts of Hispanics reported post-election in Pence hometown

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — School administrators in Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s Indiana hometown of Columbus have called for civility and respect after reports of Hispanic students being taunted.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Bartholomew Consolidated Schools superintendent Jim Roberts said one parent, First Presbyterian Church pastor Felipe Martinez, said his two sons who are Hispanic have twice been intimidated with chants of “build that wall,” including on Election Day.

The chant was common at President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign rallies.

The superintendent didn’t specifically mention the chants but said some behaviors have compromised “efforts to provide a welcoming and diverse learning culture of respect, fairness and trust for all.” Roberts asked students and families to report any concerns so they can be immediately addressed. He said the school wouldn’t “tolerate actions that demonstrate a lack of understanding and respect for our differences.”

 

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