‘Build The Wall’ Video Shows Detroit Middle Schoolers Chant In Support Of Trump’s Campaign Promise

A group of suburban Detroit middle school students are going viral for a “Build the Wall” video where they chant their approval of one of Donald Trump’s most controversial campaign promises.

During their lunch hour on Wednesday, the Detroit pre-teens and teens can be seen chanting “Build the Wall” in the video for around 8 seconds. It’s not clear from the tape how many people are partaking in the act. As of mid-Thursday, it had been watched 1.6 million times, with around 44,000 shares.

Dee Perez-Scott, the woman who posted the video, presented it with a caption condemning the behavior seen in the video.

“This happened today at Royal Oak Middle School… It is so sad. Latino children were crying. The taunts, the ‘Build that Wall’ with such bullying power and hate from children to children. Just Horrifying!”

Royal Oak school administration has responded strongly to the appearance of the video. Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin acknowledged that parents had expressed safety concerns about their children after seeing the way “Build the Wall” had intimidated some Latino students. Fox 2 Detroit reported that there was at least one police officer on campus the day after the recording was made. The school official sought to assure parents that the school was taking the incident seriously.

“We addressed this incident when it occurred. We are addressing it today. We are working with our students to help them understand the impact of their words and actions on others in their school community. Our school district and each building in it works every day to be a welcoming community for all, inclusive and caring, where all students know they are valued, safe and supported.”

Mirroring calls from pundits and media across the country, Lewis-Lakin said that unity and understanding would see us through the divided nation that has emerged from the 2016 election, which many historians are calling the most acrimonious in modern American history.

“In responding to this incident – indeed in responding to this election – we need to hear each other’s stories, not slogans, we need to work towards understanding, not scoring points, and we need to find a way to move forward that respects and values each and every member of our community. We will be working on this in school today. Please work on this with us.”

Comments under the video were a reflection of just how difficult this unity will be to capture. One post called the children “little white monsters,” and was responded to with the statement: “Illegals out! Hate this America, get out.” An addition to the conversation from Barbara Muñoz Rivera echoed several other posters who shifted the blame to parents.

“If anyone voted for Trump, I respect your opinion. I am pretty sure your reasons were good. But it is your responsibility to raise and educate your children to be a good person and a responsible member of society, not a bully and probably a felon.”

While Trump did win the state of Michigan, it’s worth noting that the county where the “Build the Wall” video was filmed actually swayed significantly toward Hillary Clinton. She was able to land 342,976 votes compared to his 289,127 — 51 percent to 43 percent of the total vote, reported MLive.com.

Political analysts have spent the days following Trump’s victory wondering just how serious he was about building a wall along the border with Mexico. In the president-elect’s “First 100 Days” memo, he was once again underlined his intention to have the structure built and force Mexico to foot the bill. The nation’s foreign minister, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, stressed that they had no intention of doing so, reported Reuters.

Trump is also likely to face difficulty making his wall-building promises a reality in Congress, where even top Republicans have been slow to give their approval. According to Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who campaigned heavily for Trump, that doesn’t matter.

“Well, he can do it by executive order by just reprogramming money within the immigration service. And not only that, they have actually approved a wall for certain portions of the border that hasn’t even been built yet. So you could take a year building that out, with what has been approved.”

How do you think the Detroit-area Royal Oak Middle School should address the “Build the Wall” video?

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