The Michigan Department of Civil Rights says 65 hate incidents were reported between the November 8th election and last week - three dozen of which occurred at schools or colleges. The news comes on the heels of a new national survey of educators by the Southern Poverty Law Center that found student anxiety and incidents of harassment also are on the rise. Spokesperson Maureen Costello says 90-percent of respondents said the election has negatively affected their schools, and many report disturbing behavior.
"Confederate flags, lots of use of the 'n' word; we've heard of Nazi salutes, swastikas and 'Heil Trump.' It just seems that the kind of civil behavior that we expect of students has completely broken down."
Costello notes the small percentage of schools reporting little impact are predominantly white or have a history of developing programs that encourage empathy and compassion.