Middle schoolers chant ‘build that wall’ during lunch in aftermath of Trump win
During the 2016 presidential campaign, chants of “build that wall!” often echoed through rallies for Donald Trump, as his supporters cheered his proposal to construct a physical barrier on the border between the U.S. and Mexico.
And in the aftermath of Trump’s victory, that chant could be heard elsewhere: in a middle school cafeteria.
Students at Royal Oak Middle School in Michigan started chanting “build the wall!” during a lunch period following Trump’s election. Shawn Lewis-Lakin, superintendent of Royal Oak Schools, confirmed the episode, saying in a statement that a “small group of students” briefly chanted the phrase Wednesday.
“Yesterday, November 9, 2016, there was an incident during one of the lunches at Royal Oak Middle School that was captured on video and posted to social media,” the statement read. “In the incident a small group of students engaged in a brief ‘build the wall’ chant. School personnel in the cafeteria responded when this occurred.”
A Facebook video that appears to show the incident had been viewed more than 2 million times by Thursday afternoon. (The superintendent’s statement does not directly link to the video on social media, but the caption of the Facebook post indicates that it was filmed Wednesday at Royal Oak Middle School.)
Thousands have shared the footage, which lasts about eight seconds. The chant can be heard in the short clip, but it isn’t clear in the video exactly how many students were involved, or how school employees immediately dealt with the disruption.
“We are committed to providing a safe, secure, and supportive learning environment for all students,” Lewis-Lakin said in the statement. “We addressed this incident when it occurred. We are addressing it today. We are working with our students to help them understand the impact of their words and actions on others in their school community.”
The superintendent noted that “because of the strong emotions and intensity of rhetoric that the posting of this incident to social media has elicited,” some families had expressed concern about student safety.
Children in Michigan chanting to build a wall at the Mexican border...