“I had half a dozen students crying in class,” Mack said. “I had never in my life seen something like this.”
Mack said the morning after the election, she received an email from one of her students that said, "I don’t know what else to do. I don’t know how to navigate this country that doesn’t want to accept my community, my family, my friends and me."
Mack said the email felt so personal, it was almost like her children calling to her for help.
“I had never in my life received something like this, and I’ve been teaching for a long time,” she said.
Mack said her students discussed the election’s implications for the whole class period. She said some of her students are undocumented immigrants or have relatives who are undocumented immigrants.
“A student said that her father had called her up to say ‘Don’t worry about us. Just keep working. Keep working on your studies. We will survive this. We will be okay,’” she said. “Everybody kind of cheered up with the thought that her father, who is in such a vulnerable position, would call her up to tell her not to worry.”
But not all the stories made the class feel better.
“Another person said, ‘I got a phone call from my kid brother this morning and he asked me — Are we going to have to move? Do you know if we’re moving? Do we have to move again?’” Mack said. “And she started crying, saying ‘How should a child that young be exposed to something like this?’”