WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – People all across America are talking about this week’s election, including some children. However, some have been coming home with questions and filled with fear after hearing other students talk about the outcome.
A West Lafayette family said it’s a conversation with their children they never thought they’d have to have. Amanda Lucas hugged her son Friday morning, reassuring him everything will be OK.
It’s an emotional conversation Amanda Lucas and her husband Perrell have had with their four children recently about this year’s election.
“Well at lunch, people have been chanting, ‘Build the wall, build the wall,’” Christopher Lucas said.
Jonah Lucas said, “I just looked back to the bus and everyone is whispering and chanting, ‘Build a wall, build a wall.'”
Christopher and Lucas’ mother, Amanda, was shocked when she heard that.
“I said, ‘Well, how does that make you feel?’” she asked. “And he said, ‘It made me a little scared.”
Perrell Lucas said, “We have actually a 6-year-old kindergartner who came home and said that she was told by a classmate, and again it’s a 6-year-old, that a classmate said they’re going to build a wall and one side there’s going to be brown people and one side there are going to be white people.”
Both Amanda and Perrell Lucas said they were pleased with the way school administrators handled these incidents at their children’s school.
Sixteen-year-old Melissa Serrano, a Mexican American, is also feeling the effect while walking the halls at her high school.
“Kids were like, ‘Oh, are they going to send you back?’“ Serrano explained. “Today walking to lunch, I heard someone say: ‘No, they’re not going to send you back, they’re going to send him back.’ It’s just weird hearing it.”
Serrano said it makes her uncomfortable hearing that in the hallways.
“I’m sad,” she explained. “It definitely makes me feel bad. They’re pointing at me, too. I feel like I’m kind of being attacked without the kids meaning to. I feel like I have to wear a sign saying, ‘I’m from here, don’t worry. Don’t tell me I have to go back.’”
Serrano said regardless of what kids say to her, she’ll continue working hard and will continue keeping her eyes on her bright future ahead.
However, she wrote this letter to Presidential-elect Donald Trump:
Dear Donald Trump,
My name is Melissa Serrano. I’m 16 years old. I was born and raised in West Lafayette Indiana, the home of Purdue University, where I dream of going. I have a 10 year old brother who strives to be like me someday. I’m essentially his role model.
I have two hardworking parents who have walked to hell and back to put food on the table and a roof over our heads. My parents jumped from job to job until they found a good stable and caring workplace. They pay their dues every year and never get in any trouble with the law. Oh did I mention that I’m a daughter of two Mexicans.
Yeah the ones you said were rapists and criminals. I remember exactly where I was the day I first heard of you. I laughed and thought to myself “yeah sure, he’ll be president.” Fast forward to November 8, 2016 and you are now the leader of the free land. I grew up too quick for my age.
I understand more than you think & I worry. How do I comfort my parents, who have lived here for most of their lives, that they’ve been threatened to be kicked out of the place they now call home. How do I tell my 10 year old brother that you are our president. How do I explain to him that our mom and dad can be kicked out for being themselves.
It’s hard to tell him that he might be attacked for being a Mexican. I’m proud of my cultural and my roots. I thrive to beat the odds. I want to be the girl raised in a Mexican household that graduated from high school and got accepted to college. I want to prove to you that I got here because of my parents. My hard working parents. Now I understand your whole campaign wasn’t about kicking us out or your wall. But we can’t just ignore what you said. It’s hard to. This is real life now, not a bad nightmare. This is my life now. This is our country now. And you’ve made it acceptable to say “when you’re a star you can do anything. Grab them by the pussy.” Or to make fun of someone for who they are.
Is this what you want for our country? Do you know how hard it is to think about my family leaving. They would leave me behind because this country is better for me than any other, but is it really? I don’t want to grow up in a country where you’re president. A country where you’ve made it acceptable to be a sexist and a racist.
You are the president of 33.7 million Mexicans you’ve offended, of course not including many more other races. You’re a business man running a country now. I want to believe that you won’t kick immigrants out, I want to believe you won’t do half of the things you’ve promised to do. I really do, but it’s so hard to believe that because I believed you wouldn’t become president and now here we are.
Pain and anger and frustration is echoing through the nation. “This loss hurts, but please, never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.” Hillary said this after you were announced president and I don’t think there’s anything better to explain how I will continue this, how many others will continue this. We won’t stop and this isn’t over.