Several schools across the nation have decided to close on Election Day over fears of possible violence in the hallways stemming from the fallout from the heated rhetoric that consumed the campaign trail.
The fear is the ugliness of the election season could escalate into confrontations and even violence in the school hallways, endangering students.
“If anybody can sit there and say they don’t think this is a contentious election, then they aren’t paying much attention,” Ed Tolan, the Falmouth, Maine police chief, said Tuesday. His community has already called off classes on Nov. 8 and an increased police presence will be felt around town. [FOXNEWS]
“Rigged elections. Vigilante observers. Angry voters. The claims, threats and passions surrounding the presidential race have led communities around the U.S. to move polling places out of schools or cancel classes on Election Day,” Associated Press said in the opening of its exclusive report. “The fear is that the ugly rhetoric of the campaign could escalate into confrontations and even violence in school hallways, endangering students.”
The AP cited concerns over Donald Trump’s call for his supporters to stand guard against fraud at some polling locations and the recent bombing of a Republican Party office in a North Carolina county have raised the worries about potential violence on Nov. 8. [NEWSMAX]