Utah officials criticize post-election harassment in schools

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson are speaking out against reported post-election harassment and bullying in schools.

A joint statement issued Friday by Herbert and Dickson says such behavior goes strongly against American principles, and the two state officials urge Utah residents to unite and students to “reach out in friendship.”

The statement advises parents and school employees to take reports of harassment seriously and to be vigilant in reporting instances of harassment.

Utah Board of Education spokeswoman Emilie Wheeler says it is unclear how many incidents have occurred, but she says it’s enough for administrators to respond on social media and school websites.

Salt Lake County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton says there have been reports of minority children being bullied since the election.

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