Some middle school students in Chesterfield, Missouri, “are facing consequences” this week after an altercation on the bus over a “Make America Great Again” hat.
A cell phone video taken by one of the kids on the bus shows a group of students bullying a twelve-year-old boy, demanding that he take the hat off.
“I am going to have an anxiety attack,” the boy with the camera phone yells in the video. “Take it off!!!”
“You want to build a wall??? You want to build a f***ing wall???” he shrieks.
“What’s wrong with building a wall to keep illegal immigrants out of our country?” the besieged boy asks. The situation quickly escalates from there as one of the boys lunges forward and starts wildly punching. The victim said he pushed back in self-defense, although that wasn’t caught on camera.
“At one point he just got so frustrated that he pushed me,” he said. “And then he kept hitting me and backing me up to like — the window of the bus — so I just had to push him out.”
The Trump-supporting boy was suspended, and his mother is not happy about it.
“As a parent, it’s so upsetting,” said Christina Cortina. “I feel like my son was made an example of, it was a tricky situation, it was politically charged.”
According to KMOV, a Parkway District spokesperson said the incident was being investigated and all of the students involved faced “consequences,” although it’s unclear whether the other boys were also suspended.
The spokesperson said that the district was also working on having the students sit down “and reach a peaceful understanding.”