You may have seen a boy, about 5’11, white, dirty blonde hair and blue/green eyes wearing a hat featuring the words “TRUMP” and “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.” Surprise, surprise, that was me.
The one thing that was a big surprise to me was the treatment I was receiving from fellow classmates.
Recently, I ran a bit of an experiment to see how students and staff would react to a pro-Trump student walking the halls. The results made me both proud and disgusted.
I’m going to talk about the positive first. Many students would ask me why I support our president. I would tell them and they would tell me how they felt. That made me happy to see young Americans engage in discussion about politics without having to cause trouble. It was refreshing after seeing leftist harass and outright assault people with a different political view. It opened my eyes a little bit. But then there were the majority of cases.
These cases involved threats, racial slurs, and harassment. One example included me walking out on the field, minding my own business. Then a boy proceeded to get in my face and yell “F*@K TRUMP” over and over again. (Keep in mind that the lunch supervisors proceeded to watch in amusement).
I ask this boy, “Why?” I was trying to engage in a simple conversation with him but he refused. This continued to happen until I just walked away. He just sat there and laughed with his friends.
A second example is that there is a rumor a group of boys is supposed to jump me. There isn’t much to this as they have done nothing yet, but I imagine that they only try to sound tough.
Thirdly – this is the one that really makes me mad – students participated in calling me racial slurs. Calling me a “cracker” on numerous occasions. They would yell it out as I was walking by, eating lunch and hanging out with friends. It was sickening.
I hope this behavior changes. It paints this generation in a bad light. Good news is that I had to retire the hat as I have finally gotten a haircut. I might bust it back out it in high school, who knows? For now, we must say our goodbyes to the not so missed hat.