Idaho officials said Tuesday that drivers have followed and harassed buses that transport children of seasonal workers and migrant workers to early childhood education programs, Idaho Stateman reported.
In response to the abuse, the Community Council of Idaho plans to remove and hide the "Migrant and Seasonal Head Start" signs on buses.
The Council's Head Start program serves approximately 800 children each year at 10 centers across the state.
"It's really heartbreaking, because they're children," Sonnay Alvarez, a council spokesman, said according to the statesman. "They do not understand what hate is."
The program staff said that the abuse thrown on the buses may come from the mistaken notion that children's parents are illegal immigrants.
"Migrant does not necessarily mean" illegal ", & # 39;" Alvarez said to the statesman, referring to the signs on the buses that will now be hidden.
"Migrant means people are moving in search of work, which is what our program is. We have people who can move from East Idaho to Caldwell because of the work they are in, "he added.
Alvarez said the reports of harassment affected staff so badly that there were brief discussions about renaming the programs altogether.
"But that's the name of the program," Alvarez said, according to the statesman. People just should not be offensive to our buses or our children. For now, we will cover it. "