A young 14-year-old boy from Hamilton County, Florida was brutally assaulted on his way home from school because of the “Make America Great Again” hat he was wearing.
The students responsible, two girls and three boys, have now been suspended and a criminal investigation is underway, but police have ruled out the possibility of a hate crime despite the parent’s protest.
The video, which begins as a small school fight, quickly descended into a 5-on-1 dog pile, and ends with the victim having his head grabbed and repeatedly slammed into the edge of the bus window frame. Thud, thud, thud, thud, can be audibly heard as his head is smashed in a brutal fashion. The child in question received medical attention at a local hospital and was treated for contusions and head trauma.
While the Make America Great Again hate cannot be seen in the video, the parents reported that the student attempted to dial 911 during the course of the assault and that his phone was taken and smashed. Presumably the MAGA hat was also stolen before the recording began.
Twitter user American Diaries first posted about the incident near the end of November but has just recently released a video documenting the occurrence.
“The police [are] not considering it a hate crime because everyone that jumped on him were related. Yeah, I don’t get it either. So if 5 white kids, all related, jumped a black child, no one would be screaming Hate Crime??? Double standards.”
My attorney @FoyeWalkerPA said it’s okay to release the video, 😡warning graphic 😡 keep in mind this is only the first 21 seconds of the video…please RT to have these two girls and 3 boys held accountable. pic.twitter.com/8oEz79K2xN— American Diaries (@AmericanDiaries) December 12, 2019
Update: The Twitter user has explained why the Trump hat is missing from the video in a series of tweets here:
During the course of the video, the young white teen is assaulted by 5 teenagers all of whom are black. The assailants, according to the victim, were all older and their response was simply because he chose to wear an article of clothing that was supportive of President Trump.
The parents believe that this incident was both racially and politically motivated, citing a history of abuse directed at their child including one incident where milk was poured all over him.
For those unfamiliar, white people are often compared to “milk” on social media using coded language “yts” or “wypipo” to describe them.
Earlier, American Diaries posted this to their Twitter feed:
“I am sitting in the hospital with my 14 year old kid because he was just jumped by 8 black kids on the school bus, I guess that’s what happens when a kid wears a Trump hat to school. And who’s the violent ones again? Earlier today they poured milk all over his head.”
Authorities are investigating the incident:
Every student in the United States should be able to express their views without fear of violent reprisals, whether they are supporting President Trump by wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat or are expressing support for a Democrat. Unfortunately, when conservatives speak out (or even display some silent form of support) a pattern of violent response has developed.
If this incident was caused by the child being white and supporting the president with his MAGA hat, then there’s no reason that police should rule out a hate crime. It’s disturbing, and as the mother suggests, a double standard that would likely not be applied if the roles in this situation were reversed.
The victims parents have contacted the county sheriff’s department who forwarded information about the event to the state attorney’s office.
Recently, a female Trump-supporting student was targeted by a male teacher for wearing a “Women For Trump” pin on her clothing. The teacher grabbed the student and tried to forcibly remove it. He is now under investigation as well.
A male teacher is under investigation by police in Michigan for assaulting a 16-year-old female student, Sadie, over her #WomenForTrump pin.— Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TrumpWarRoom) December 10, 2019
“He grabbed it and I pulled and I tried to push his hand away and he grabbed my shoulder.”
We #StandWithSadie!https://t.co/GjwdigGShy pic.twitter.com/TjXWO5zj2L