A middle school student gets bullied for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat on a school bus, then gets suspended for fighting back.
Such is apparently the nature of zero-tolerance policies at America’s schools these days.
A cell phone video showed the Parkway School District students approaching the 12-year-old and arguing over the border wall President Trump is proposing. According to KMOV News 4 in St. Louis, the situation quickly escalated into pushing and punching.
After an investigation by the school, all students faced “consequences.”
The student’s mother, Christina Cortina, has an issue with her son being punished when he was only defending himself. “As a parent, it’s so upsetting because my son doesn’t need to be made an example of this,” Cortina told KMOV. “I saw him being persecuted for having an opinion of his own. I saw him being berated and bullied and beat, literally beat, because he feels strongly about the world today.”
“I feel like my son was made an example of, it was a tricky situation, it was politically charged.”
In the student’s description of the incident, he said that at “one point he just got so frustrated that he pushed me, and then he kept hitting me and backing me up to my window of the bus and so I just had to push him out.”
After suspensions are served, a district spokesman will then sit the students down to learn to resolve their differences in a “peaceful and respectful manner.”
A Parkway District spokesperson says the incident was investigated and all the students involved have faced “consequences.” The spokesperson added the district is also working to sit the students down and reach a peaceful understanding.
On Monday, the school district issued the following statement:
On Wednesday, February 1, three students got into an argument on an after-school activity bus at Parkway West Middle School over a hat worn by one of the students. Two of the students got into a physical altercation with both students striking each other in the face. The third student videotaped a portion of the incident, verbally escalated the confrontation and posted it online. The entire incident was captured on internal video cameras on the school bus, which was used by the school to conduct a full investigation and gather all the facts.
As a result, all three students have received suspensions in accordance with Parkway’s student discipline policy. Upon completion of suspensions, the three students will participate in a restorative mediation process to help learn to resolve their differences in a peaceful and respectful manner.
We regret that this incident occurred as it does not reflect the positive character we expect from our students. We will continue to work together with students, staff and families to ensure all students learn to treat each other with dignity and respect.
Watch KMOV’s coverage of the incident below:
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