A Missouri sixth-grader wearing the iconic red baseball cap made famous during President Trump’s campaign became the center of a school bus scuffle after students ganged up on him for his choice of headgear.
In cellphone video of the incident obtained by News 4, students en route to their Parkway school can be heard arguing with the 12-year-old over his “Make America Great Again” hat and some of Trump’s proposed plans.
“You want to build a wall?” one student yells in the clip. “You want to build a f--king wall?”
Things quickly escalated from there, the unnamed 12-year-old said. “At one point, he just got so frustrated he pushed me,” the sixth-grader told the news station. “And then he kept hitting me and backing me up by the window of the bus, and so I just had to push him out.”
A spokesperson for the Parkway School District said the altercation was investigated and that all students involved have faced “consequences.”
At least one student was suspended, according to News 4. Christina Cortina, the boy’s mother, said she never anticipated the heated response to her son’s Trump hat. “As a parent it’s so unsettling,” she said. “I feel like my son was made an example of, it was a tricky situation — it was politically charged.”
The district, which sent out notices to parents offering suggestions on how to speak with their children about the election results following Trump’s victory in November, added administrators will sit the students down with the hope of cultivating more harmonious relationships between those involved in the incident.