Five young students in Florida have been charged after a video posted online allegedly depicted the group beating up a 14-year-old boy on a school bus. The boy’s parents claim their son was attacked because he previously wore a MAGA hat to school and has openly voiced support for Trump in the past.
According to Fox News, the five students in Hamilton County were charged with misdemeanor battery stemming from the Nov. 21 incident.
The boy’s mother posted a video of the incident on Twitter on Thursday, saying her attorney approved its release. As of early Saturday, the graphic video had been retweeted nearly 17,000 times.
In the video, which the mother claims was shot by another student and obtained from school officials, one female student, in particular, appears to overpower the boy as he tries to defend himself. Other students can also be seen throwing an occasional punch at the boy as well.
The boy required medical treatment for head contusions.
The boy’s attorney, Foye B. Walker, called the attack a case of bullying in a series of tweets.
It’s bullying as well as an attack on our rights of Free Speech provided by the First Amendment!” he added.
Superintendent Rex Mitchell said in a statement released on Friday that a Hamilton County School District investigation conducted within the 22 days since the fight occurred revealed “no evidence” that the student was wearing “a political hat showing support for President Trump” at “the time of the altercation or that his wearing of such apparel on a prior occasion motivated the incident.
This 14 Year Old Boy was attacked for wearing a Trump hat.
This is the world @RepMaxineWaters wants us to live in.
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) December 12, 2019