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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’

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.



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Dennis Guerrerio November 10, 2016 / 05:54PM
The people that are protesting against Trump's election are extremely misinformed. The real hatred comes from the Democratic camp, as we have all seen by the wikki leaks. We all know how Hillary and other Democrats really feel about blacks and hispanics. It's Hillary who is beholden to the big corporations, Wall St., the banks, Monsanto, job killing trade agreements, etc. We all know that American workers cannot compete against workers in countries like China. This is why Trump has proposed tariffs on these goods coming into the US. We need to get rid of the obligarchy that has been ruling this country for too many years. Too many special interests have been served. Gotta get rid of the crony capitalism and bring back true free enterprise.
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Dan Irizarry November 11, 2016 / 08:45AM
You're talking about big government and Wall St? That has absolutely nothing to do with what this article is talking about. This is about Trump's hateful campaign rhetoric giving bigots license to lash out at anyone who isn't a white American, now that he's been elected president. It started happening immediately after the election and it's happening all over the country. Please work on your reading comprehension, get your head out of your ass, and do better.

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Dennis Guerrerio November 10, 2016 / 17:45PM
Here's a quote from former NYC Mayor, John Hylan, from 1922. I think it's safe to say things have gotten a lot worse since Hylan made this statement. "The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities states and nation. At the head is a small group of banking houses generally referred to as international bankers.' This little coterie... run our government for their own selfish ends. It operates under cover of a self-created screen...[and] seizes...our executive officers... legislative bodies... schools... courts... newspapers and every agency created for the public protection."

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