Students Greet Election Results With Questions, Qualms

Published: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 7:05am
Updated: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 1:27pm
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The students at Newell Barney Middle School in Queen Creek predicted a Donald Trump presidency in their mock election.

A few weeks ago, we heard how teens were handling the complicated politics of the 2016 election.

Social studies teacher Sarah Jo Frasier said students came eagerly to her class Wednesday with questions about what happens next.

“When society pegs teenagers as this group that doesn’t care or isn’t sympathetic...I think that’s a really big misconception,” Frasier said.

She estimated 95 percent of her students watched election news on TV.

“They are actively working toward becoming those citizens that we hope they become,” Frasier said.

In Tucson, Mary Martinez’s second-grade students came to school shaken. Older kids at Sierra School spooked them with talk of deportations and building a wall.  

“Whatever fears they have we’re here to really explain to them that they’re OK and that they’re safe,” Martinez said.

The reassurance was mixed with a lesson in the balance of power between the three branches of government.

“As long as we continue to talk about that we're going to be OK because we’re a great nation and our nation is built on people from different countries and different religions and different languages,” Martinez said.

Martinez said when you’re 7 years old and scared, sometimes what you really need is a hug.

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