SCHOOLS across America are offering counselling to students distraught over Republican outsider Donald Trump’s election win over rival Hillary Clinton.
In a result which saw millions of Clinton voters across the USA dismayed, schools are offering support services to help students cope with the outcome. The billionaire, who has never held public office, clinched 279 electoral college votes to the former Secretary of State’s 228, surpassing the 270 needed to win the White House.
And with his Democratic rival actually getting more of the popular vote, with 59.8 million votes equating to 47.7 per cent – ahead of Trump’s 47.5 per cent and 59.6 million votes – the majority of Americans were undoubtedly horrified at the result.
Educators in Boston have begun offering support for students, staff and families to try and foster unity following months of a divisive and negative campaign.
Boston Superintendent Tommy Chang wrote a letter to all teachers and parents in the district, offering advice and resources to cope with the announcement of the 45th president.
He added that counsellors were on hand to help students or faculty members who have fears and concerns following Trump’s victory.
School officials confirmed this was the first time they had offered such support after an election.
Mr Chang said: “It is important today to be strong for our students and each other.
“We honour our democratic values and traditions, and we will carry on with our mission to educate, support and prepare our students for success.”
He acknowledged that while it may be challenging and dismal for some it would also be celebratory for others.