One of my diligent students sent me the following email yesterday.
I apologize in advance. I am not in the state where I am comfortable or able to speak without breaking down in tears. I tried attending my classes today but didn’t stay in any one of them for the full duration. I asked to leave mid-way. As a Muslim immigrant from the Middle East who has experienced hate comments, this election puts me in so much unease and I am completely disheartened. I don’t feel entirely safe as well.
If it is possible, with your mercy, I would like to request approval for my absence tomorrow.
This breaks my heart.