A school bus aide has apologized after her overreaction with a 14 year old Trump supporter went super viral.
The student was wearing the hat for “hat day,” and the school reportedly has no policy restricting political apparel.
Surveillance video on a Martin County school bus shows a bus aide yelling at a student to take off a Trump hat, then grabbing it off of his head.Now, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating whether the bus aide committed a crime.Gunnar Johansson, 14, said this week, students were allowed to wear a hat to school if they made a donation to March of Dimes.He decided to wear a Trump, Make America Great Again hat, “to show my pride in Trump America,” Johansson said.He boarded his bus to Hidden Oaks Middle School, and within seconds, the bus aide can be heard talking to Johansson.“Boy, if you don’t that that hat off this bus… take it off. Take that hat off… take that hat off…” the bus aide, who has not been identified, is heard saying.“I was really confused, I was like ‘I can’t wear this?’ “Johansson said.The bus aide is heard telling the teenager to put his hat in his backpack, and continuing to tell him to take it off.“She, like, threatened me with a referral and threatened to turn the bus around. I said ‘write me up, I didn’t do anything wrong’, and then she yanked my hat off. It was crazy,” Johansson said.
The police are investigating the incident, focusing on “the interaction directly, physically with the child and how that panned out,” WPTV reports.
The bus aide has since apologized, explained that she overreacted, and expressed her hope that the student will forgive her.
It’s puzzling to me that adults can be so triggered by children wearing hats supporting the duly-elected president of these United States. I can see being offended by something someone is wearing; I’m not a fan of novelty tees with vulgar images on them, but it would never occur to me to say anything to the person, much less to screech at them and rip it off their back.
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