A Michigan high school student called the police, accusing a teacher of assaulting her when he removed a “Women for Trump” pin from her shirt, WILX reports.
Sadie Earegood, a 16-year-old junior at Mason High School, told the station that Paul Kato, a media technology teacher originally from Nigeria, assaulted her on Dec. 5, 2019, when he ripped the pin from her shirt.
“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 said Kato went for her pin before she pushed his hands away. He then allegedly grabbed her shoulder and pulled the pin off her shirt as she backed away from him. The student said that the teacher then proceeded to put the pin upside down on his shirt and told her that it belonged that way.
According to WILX, there is no rule in the school’s dress code that prevents students from wearing a political pin.
“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,
the code states.
Following the incident, the teenager and her family filed a police report.
“I made a criminal assault and larceny report against the teacher,” Sadie’s mother, Capi Earegood, told the station. “He had no right to put his hands on my child over a pin or anything else. 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.”
The Mason police department confirmed that it is looking into an alleged assault that occurred on Dec. 5. The Mason School District, on the other hand, did not corroborate the teenager’s allegations.
“Once we have a complete understanding of the situation, we will take appropriate action,” Mason Superintendent Ronald Drzewicki told WILX.
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