By Katharine Gillen
In light of the recent attention to bullying in New Jersey schools, and Donald Trump’s many questionable statements, we at Hi’s Eye have taken it upon ourselves to evaluate Mr. Trump’s actions according to our district’s Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) law, in accordance with the state’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act.
This law states that bullying is present when a person:
1. ….mocks a disability: Well, in November, Trump mimicked the impaired right arm of a handicapped New York Times reporter. “You got to see this guy,” Trump said before imitating the reporter, complete with body language.
2. ...makes fun of a person’s race: Hmm. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best...They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” That’s Trump on June 16, but there are plenty more like it.
3. ...attacks another person’s religion: Yikes—Trump has called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
4. …incites violence: In one speech, Trump instructed his supporters to “knock the crap out of” some protestors, promising he would pay for their legal fees. In another speech, he said of a protestor, “I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you.”
Yes, Donald Trump is running for president. But is he really qualified to run our country if, under the HIB law, he wouldn’t be able to attend WHS due to suspension for bullying?