Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom attempts to ease post-election fears among San Francisco students

SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) -- California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom met Monday with students during a roundtable discussion at a San Francisco high school to try and ease fears about racism, hate and bullying in the wake of the presidential election two weeks ago that will elevate Donald Trump to the White House.

Newsom hosted the event at Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School, where varied emotions ranged from sadness to anxiety to anger.

Many students said Trump's policies regarding immigration have them seriously concerned about the threat of deportation.

"He doesn't want to be threatened, he doesn't want to be kicked out," said Karen Huang, speaking about her fellow classmate from the Philippines.

Huang said her own mother is from Vietnam and she's scared that she will be ordered out of the United States.

"My mom's an immigrant and like, it's really hard for me. What if I'm stuck here by myself not knowing what to do?" Huang said.

Newsom said he wanted to discuss the issue with high school students in the wake of a study by the Southern Poverty Law Center that documented more than 400 reports of election-related intimidation and harassment nationwide in the week following the presidential election, with one-third of them taking place at schools or colleges.

On Thursday, racist graffiti was reported at a high school in Danville.

"I think one incident is inexcusable, one incident should be called out and what's amazing is the extraordinary silence coming from the President-Elect who has no problem going on a Twitter storm worrying about a play in NY but says nothing about what happened here in Danville," said Newsom.

Newsom says Trump's declaration to bullies and thugs to "just stop it" was not enough.

One white student told the crowd that she was hurt by the white supremacist rhetoric and that she has been shunned by some of her classmates of color.

"A lot of people have told me that I can't speak with them because I can't go through what they're going through," she said with her voice quivering and tears rolling down her cheeks.

"It made me feel sad because I didn't realize how many people didn't accept us here," said one Latina student.

"I don't know what's going to happen with my family," said one Asian male student. "I'm going to stick with them for now. I"m going to love them, I'm going to cherish every single second of every single day with them."

"I'm worried about the tone and tenor of the times," said Newsom, who wants to create a statewide hotline to keep better tabs on hate crimes on school campuses.

"We are not alone and we are not immune," said Myong Leigh, superintendent of San Francisco schools.

Students at today's discussion said it gave them more grit and determination to fight for what's right.

"I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing trying to achieve what I want because [Trump] can't stop me," said one student who admitted that attending class the day after the election was tough.

Superintendent Leigh said that a letter is going out to all parents about various resources for families who are here in the U.S. illegally.

By KTVU reporter Tara Moriarty.