How are local teachers handling the election of Donald Trump?

Posted at 7:48 AM, Nov 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 07:48:51-05

It may be a presidential election for the record books but it's also one that will live on in textbooks and classrooms for generations to come. 

A day after Election Day, teachers are answering questions dealing with the rights of the LGBTQ community, abortion and Obamacare.

And the government teacher at Berea Mid-Park is tackling all of them. 

"This isn't the end of the world," said teacher Matt McGregor. "Our democratic system works."

McGregor reminded his students of checks and balances within the government and that the president's power is limited. 

Junior Katherine Valencic worries some legislation might target her LGBT and minority friends. 

"I don't think it's going to be that kind of extreme stuff," she said. "Or at least I hope it won't be."

Like Valencic, classmate Nzuri McCree is optimistic when it comes to a Trump presidency. 

"We haven't had him as president yet, so we don't actually know how he's going to be," she said. "So maybe we give him a few chances and see what happens."

As for the negative narrative the played out during the campaign, here's what one young Trump supporter had to say:

"I definitely do think he has a lot to improve on when it comes to speaking socially with other people and governments," said student Adam Kamel.

Back in the classroom, McGregor, a father of two, says parents and educators should follow the golden rule, despite what we've seen on the campaign trail. 

"Teach your kids to be nice all the time, treat everyone with respect, be accepting of people."

While moving on may be easier said than done with the strong divide that surfaced during the election, McGregor reminds his students America has survived this long under our constitution and he believes that will continue.