Lucas Ralston | Staff Writer
Blake Wood | Staff Writer
The divisiveness of this election and the bitter political fallout are reaching kids across this country.
Regardless of the political ideology of their parents anxiety and insecurity some children are experiencing is noticed by adults around the school.
Eighth grade counselor Lindsey Sweat said that students have come to her prior to and after the election, mostly to ask questions and share their concerns.
“Students have come to me expressing worry and sharing some insecure thoughts about what comes next and how to begin to deal with it,” Sweat said.
Sweat also said that some of her students were worried about how this would affect themselves and their families and that it might affect their work ethic in school. “Students who were nervous about the election and how it would affect their life at school and at home could become distracted from their school work,” Sweat said.
Sweat also said some of the help provided by high schools and colleges across the country might be a little much here in the Mason community.
“I think the school counselors here at MMS are willing and able to help any students filter and discuss any concerns and fears that they experienced during and after the presidential election,” Sweat said.
Eighth grader Laalitya Acharya said that she was disheartened by the elections results because Hillary Clinton lost the election even though she won the popular vote.
“I was a bit disappointed by the elections results,” Acharya said. “Clinton had the popular vote by about 2 million but Donald Trump won due to the electoral college.”
Archarya said that Clinton is more suitable to run the country.
“Clinton was supportive of feminism and had a lot of political experience, which is needed in a president,” Acharya said. “Trump doesn’t have this experience and is relying on gut feeling. This is admirable but not what qualities a president should have –they are qualities a businessman has.”
Seventh grader Joseph Thekkethottyil said that although he has not felt any anxiety or insecurities from the 2016 presidential election, others around him have.
“From the beginning of the election, my parents have explained a lot of what is happening and things we hear daily about the candidates,” Thekkethottyil said. “Some of my friends have been made fun of for their political views and who they chose to support.”
Thekkethottyil said that students need to come together figure out a way to less dramtically deal with the election results.
“I believe that college and high school students are being very dramatic about the election,” Thekkethottyil said. “They need to find a way to accept and deal with it because Trump is our president for the next four years. We need to come together as a country and support him.”
Seventh grade language arts teacher Melissa Schubert said that some of her colleagues have had some difficult conversations, but none of her students have come to her with concerns about the presidential election.
“I personally have not had any students come to me and express worry during or after the election, but other teachers have,” Schubert said.
Schubert also said that parents and teachers need to be an example for their children during this time in America.
“I believe we need to come together as a nation and lead by example,” Schubert said. “By showing our children not to fight amongst each other and that they can support whoever our president is.”