This week, our multilingual liaison asked if students were reporting incidents of harassment or expressing fear. How were we dealing with that in our classrooms.
I do have to say that I’ve not heard of any harassment at our school directly related to the election this week.
But students are fearful.
I teach students with the lowest level of English Language Proficiency at our school. And I had three of them use their best words to ask if they needed to start packing their bags.
The comic pushes people to focus on the target rather than the harasser. It’s a non-confrontational way to move the conversation, alter the focus. I think many of us freeze because we want to stop the pain at its source, but we’re afraid. So we do nothing.
It’s so important to not be a bystander in a time when fear and hate prevail.
So jump in. Start a conversation with the person being targeted. Talk about anything: How you chose chicken salad at lunch over tuna salad; how you really think that people should recycle more; how your mom just called and just brightened your day.
The topic doesn’t matter. Dissolving the targeted hatred does.
It’s like my daughter said, “You could use this any time somebody’s being bullied.”
Yep. You could.
Let’s all be problem-solvers!