AISD host town hall meeting on post-election inclusiveness

AISD town hall meeting on post-election inclusiveness. (KXAN Photo / Frank Martinez)
AISD town hall meeting on post-election inclusiveness. (KXAN Photo / Frank Martinez)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Parents struggling with how to talk to their kids about the election met with Austin ISD leaders Saturday morning to talk about inclusiveness in light of the election.

The town hall meeting at Crockett High High School comes after many students arrived at school in tears and with a lot of questions Wednesday morning.

Raquel Mendoza, a teacher for Norman Elementary says her classroom wasn’t the only one with worried students, which is why this meeting was important for her to attend.

“I think it’s important for us to all be on the same page so we know where we all stand and where we want to see this community and the school go,” Mendoza said.

Instead of a political debate, school leaders held the meeting to let the community express their emotions. As a third grader, Marivel Hernandez says school was a little different in the last week.

“Kids are a lot more scared about their friends, the Hispanics and me,” Hernandez said.

After sitting in on the meeting and listening to others speak, Marivel says she feels more comfortable and school next week should be easier.

The town hall meeting was prompted by an open letter sent by AISD school board member Paul Saldana.

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