Schools find campaign talk conflicts with no-bullies message

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The nasty tweets and insults of the GOP presidential campaign are reverberating in classrooms, running counter to the anti-bullying message in the nation’s schools.

Donald Trump calls Ted Cruz a “loser” and a “liar” and singles out Muslims and Mexicans for criticism. Marco Rubio mocks Trump’s “worst spray tan in America” and calls him a “con artist.”

It’s not the first campaign to get ugly, but educators, parents and students say this one is particularly challenging. That’s because the biggest applause lines and headline-grabbers fly in the face of appeals to students to be respectful and kind.

Counselors say students need reminding that potential colleges and employers won’t find a Twitter feed full of insults as amusing as some have found the candidates’.