GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – An emergency meeting was called Tuesday night in Greenville to discuss incidents of bullying targeting minority communities in Pitt County following Donald Trump’s election.
The main fear involved students in public schools being bullied.
Pitt County School spokesperson Travis Lewis confirmed they had received information about a “handful” of incidents since election day where minorities were targeted.
“We have students, typically their friends, making comments to their friends who are Hispanic that are disparaging,” Lewis said.
Over the years, Pitt County Schools have tried a variety of ways to handle bullying. Lewis said in the post-election chaos, these incidents of bullying have created a unique situation.
“We’re meeting with students whenever these concerns come up,” Lewis said. “Addressing it through our code of conduct, which is a typical practice for us, but also then trying to mediate these conflicts.”
WNCT spoke with 5th grade student Tiffany Apolinar about what she has seen in her classes.
“They’re coming up and say fight me and stuff like that. They’re bullying them for stuff,” she said.
The purpose of Tuesday’s meeting was to get the community together to brainstorm solutions. Some in attendance were there just for support, holding signs saying the hate has to stop.
During a 60 Minutes interview Sunday, Donald Trump called on the racist actions reported around the country to stop.
“I’m so saddened to hear that, and I say stop it, if it helps,” Trump said.
Juvencio Peralta, who organized the event, said Trump’s comments are hypocritical.
“The way he built his campaign around hate, racism, those types of things,” Peralta said. “How can he now turn around and say stop when he did it himself?”
Some solutions floated around during the meeting were to better educate the community, have open dialogue, remember the values important to us, and hold a community-wide gathering.