On the day after Donald Trump was elected the country’s new president, some students from a Fresh Meadows Catholic high school allegedly made some discriminatory comments toward other students on board a bus yesterday — and the school’s principal has condemned them.
Word began to spread about an incident which transpired on an MTA bus on Nov. 9 between some St. Francis Preparatory (SFP) school students and students from another school. Information about the alleged hateful incident was posted on a public Facebook post that has since been shared more than 200 times.
The post was written by Adriana Medina, the sister of one of the students who was on the receiving end of the comments. She published the following:
“More texts from my sister:
I was on the bus and this group of girls from St. Francis Prep get on. They look around and looked at me and said ‘Aren’t you people suppose [sic] to be sitting in the back of bus?’
I looked around and saw that there were mainly black and Hispanic people sitting in the middle of the the bus. I asked this girl to repeat herself and she says
‘Aren’t you supposed to be sitting in the back of the bus now? Like Trump is president!’
Please share this with your friends. THIS IS WHAT TRUMP DOES. It hasn’t even been a day. PEOPLE THINK IT’S OK TO DO THIS NOW??”
Medina published a previous post as well, which reads as follows:
“My sister just sent me this:
There are people on the bus who support trump and they said ‘can’t wait to get on a bus soon and see only one color’ ‘trump will finally take them out’
ON A NYC PUBLIC BUS”
St. Francis Preparatory School Principal Patrick McLaughlin spoke to the entire student body this morning addressing the incident, as well as similar derogatory remarks heard from students within the school.
“I would like to address some concerns I received yesterday and last night regarding Tuesday’s election,” McLaughlin said in the statement, which is posted on the school’s website. “Apparently some SFP students made disparaging and very inappropriate remarks on a MTA bus yesterday directed at students from another school. There were also hurtful remarks made in hallways and classrooms that were equally disappointing.”
McLaughlin stressed that while everyone may have different opinions about the election, “we have all committed to being a part of this Franciscan community that preaches love, respect and peace.”
“I expect that everyone lives out this mission to Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk in mission,” according to McLaughlin’s statement. “If you cannot, then all that’s left is getting an education and then you can do that anywhere, this school is more than an education; it’s a school that sticks together; it’s a family; people are proud to be here … All matter of disrespect stops now. All matters of disrespect will not be tolerated and going forward our deans will take immediate action.”
The alleged incident seems to be part of what the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that defends civil rights, previously described as “the Trump effect.” A report from the law center found that bombastic rhetoric from Trump and his surrogates during his campaign has led to an increase in bullying and harassment in schools across the country.