A 12-year old boy from Missouri has been suspended from his middle school after being attacked by his peers for wearing a 'Make Amer...
A 12-year old boy from Missouri has been suspended from his middle school after being attacked by his peers for wearing a 'Make America Great Again' hat. Watch the full video below.
Cellphone footage taken by one of the middle school students shows Gavin Cortina of St. Louis being attacked on a school bus, and other students taunting him while doing so.
"You want to build a wall?" One student is heard yelling in the clip. "You want to build a f--king wall?"
Things quickly escalated, when Gavin said the insults turned physical.
"At one point, he just got so frustrated he pushed me,” the sixth-grader told KMOV. “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.”
The decision to suspend Gavin has outraged his Mother, Catherine, who says she feels her son was "made an example of". Despite Gavin being the one who was attacked, Parkway School District decided to suspended him.
“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.”
|12-year old Gavin Cortina was suspended after being attacked by his peers for wearing a 'Make America Great Again' hat.|
A spokesperson from the Parkway School District says the school is investigating the incident, and all students involved are facing “consequences.” They added they are planning to sit down with all students and parents to reach a peaceful solution, telling KMOV that at least one other student has been suspended.