School has transformed from a safe haven to a danger zone for several students of color after Donald Trump was named the president-elect last week, and it doesn’t appear the situation will get any better soon.
In South Los Angeles, a substitute physical education teacher at Bret Harte Preparatory Middle School told his students that their parents would be deported.
“If you were born here, then your parents gotta go and they gonna leave you behind. You’ll be in foster care,” the long-term sub is heard saying in an audio recording by one of the 6th-grade students.
That's not all. At one point, a worried student asked, "How are they going to find me." The teacher responded: “I got your phone numbers, your address, your mama’s address, your daddy’s address. It’s all in the system, sweetie. And when they come and there’s an illegal, they gotta go!”
One child, whose father is undocumented, was really scared by the teacher’s comments.
“I was scared because how can a teacher tell us that? He’s just rubbing it in that Trump won. We already know that,” the student said. “I worry about my dad because I had a nightmare that he wasn’t with me any more.”
The children's parents are understandably upset as well.
“I don’t know how a teacher could say that to a kid,” a father asked.
Luis Raynaga, another dad, said his daughter and a group of students filed complaints with the Los Angeles Unified School District.
According to the principal, the teacher has been fired.