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This is not acceptable!
Folks, do we need to start pulling our kids out of public schools?
High school girl, Sadie Earegood, age 16, reports that her “teacher” Paul Kato did not like a button she was wearing that said “Women for Trump”.
He allegedly told her to take it off and when she refused he allegedly assaulted her by trying to take it off her forcefully, laying hands on her.
She claims he eventually got it off and put it on himself upside down as a symbolic gesture.
Watch it for yourself here folks:
Fox News had more:
A Michigan high school student claims her teacher assaulted her last week because she was wearing a pin supporting President Trump.
Sadie Earegood, a 16-year-old junior at Mason High in Mason, Michigan, told Fox News on Tuesday that her teacher "aggressively" grabbed her "Women For Trump" pin that was attached to her jacket, saying he "took both hands and unlatched the pin from my jacket and put it upside down on his shirt and said it belongs upside down."
She told Fox 47 the incident took place on Dec. 5 during school hours.
Her family has filed a police report, claiming that the teacher assaulted her, WILX 10 reported.
“He had no right to put his hands on my child over a pin or anything else,” said Sadie’s mother, Capi Earegood. “The First Amendment gives everyone the right to express their freedom of speech. No one should get that upset about someone wearing a political pin.”
Mason Public Schools told Fox News it contacted law enforcement after receiving the student's complaint. The school district declined to provide further details per federal laws that prohibit the district from discussing student-related information with anyone other than law enforcement.
In a statement provided to Fox News, Mason Police Chief Don Hanson said police have been contacted by school officials and are in contact with the student's parents.
Sadie Earegood, meanwhile, said she won’t stop wearing political pins and being outspoken in her views.
And from local WIBC:
The story is straightforward enough. At Mason High School in Michigan, a 16-year old female student, Sadie Earegood, went to school wearing a "Women for Trump" button. Paul Kato, a media technology teacher at the school, saw the pin and ripped it off her shirt.
She describes it like this:
(Kato) didn't like the pin she was wearing.
"I was just really shocked that a teacher would especially do that," she said. "He's talking about the 'Women for Trump' pin and I said, 'that's fine you don't have to like it, we can have our opinions.'"
Earegood described a struggle between herself and the teacher where he tried to take the pin off her.
"He grabbed it and I pulled, I tried to push his hand away and he grabbed my shoulder," she said. "(He) just kind of put his hand there, and then he started pulling more and more and I just started backing up."
Kato then took the pin off her shirt and pinned it to his shirt. Upside down. He then allegedly said he put it upside down because "it belonged that way." In a written statement, Superintendent Ronald Drzewicki said, "Once we have a complete understanding of the situation, we will take appropriate action."
Now, this is an accusation. We've heard of stories like this that were proven false; like claims of attacks on gay people that were self-inflicted (see, Jussie Smollet.) Or racial attacks that were self-inflicted (also, see, Jussie Smollett.) We also know of the damage done to real victims by liars who make their stories harder to believe.
But Americans have seen too many stories of Trump supporters being attacked and abused to count. An 81-year-old attacked outside a supermarket for wearing a MAGA hat. A guy stealing a 16-year-old's MAGA hat and dumping a soda on his head. A girl having her hair lit on fire. That's nothing to say of reporters being violently attacked by groups like ANTIFA, specifically the attack on Andy Ngo. British Parliamentarian Nigel Farrage was "milkshaked," which violent people thought was hilarious. The "milkshake" that hit Andy Ngo was filled with quick-drying cement and other chemical additives.
Violence against Trump supporters has become commonplace. Attacks and vitriol towards children who aren't ideologically connected to David Hogg or Greta Thunberg are near applauded. CNN on-air personalities wished they could punch Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann in the face.
I have made the argument many times that children do not have free speech. Schools have rules and adults have a responsibility to protect children, often from themselves. Schools can decide that buttons are not allowed, that sayings on t-shirts are not allowed. They can decide that jackets can't be worn to class or baggy pants are not tolerated.
Even if this were the case at Mason High School, Kato nor anyone else would be in the right to rip a button off of a child's shirt. However, according to the school's dress code, buttons are fine:School recognizes the right of students to express themselves. With the right of expression comes the responsibility to do it appropriately. Students may distribute or display, at appropriate times, non-sponsored, non-commercial written material and petitions; buttons, badges, or other insignia; clothing, insignia, and banners; and audio and video materials.
An investigation will take place, and the parents of Sadie have filed a police report. According to students, Mr. Kato has not been at the school since December 5th, when the alleged incident occurred.