TIME 2016 Election

Middle Schoolers in Michigan Chant ‘Build That Wall’ After Trump Victory

Donald Trump And Mike Pence Campaign Together In Wisconsin
Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the W.L. Zorn Arena on Nov. 1, 2016 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

People all across the country have heard Donald Trump promise to build a wall along the southern border with Mexico, and it seems young students have internalized the idea.

Thursday afternoon, students at Royal Oak Middle School in Michigan began chanting “build that wall!” during their lunch period. A Facebook video of the incident has been viewed more than 8 million times as of this writing.

In a statement Thursday, Shawn Lewis-Lakin, superintendent of Royal Oak Schools, acknowledged the “strong emotions and intensity of rhetoric” that resulted from posting the video on social media.

“We are committed to providing a safe, secure, and supportive learning environment for all students,” Lewis-Lakin said. “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.”

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