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Minority students are experiencing harassment following election

Nov 11, 2016

Students across the state are seeing racially charged attacks this week.

Most of the verbal harassment in Michigan schools has been targeting students of color and religious minorities.

A video of middle school students in Royal Oak chanting "build the wall" has already gone viral.

Agustin Arbulu is the director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

“We're here to take complaints if there are incidents of harassment,” Arbulu says. “For individuals, victims and families of such harassment, they have a right to file a complaint with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.”

He says many of the attacks are related to things President-elect Donald Trump said throughout his campaign.

“I think this election had a very negative climate for people on both sides, so it’s not surprising that there are people struggling with the result,” he says.

Arbulu says parents play a large role in teaching their kids to be accepting of others, but he did not specify how many complaints the department has received since the election.