EDMOND, Okla. - Political tension sparked a school scuffle in the hallway of Edmond Santa Fe High School, resulting in one student getting summoned to court.
"He was being assaulted for, ya know, his beliefs, what he felt what he supports and believes in," a father's thoughts when he saw a video of his son getting his 'Make America Great Again' hat tipped off and his Trump flag ripped away while walking the halls Monday morning at Edmond Santa Fe.
The incident was brought to the attention of the school resource officer and a municipal summons for assault was issued to the senior that tipped the hat.
"Both parties will sit down with the city attorney office and come up with some type of an agreement, and if an agreement can't be made, it will be up to the city attorney to move forward with the assault charge," said Jenny Wagnon of the Edmond Police Department.
The school says due to a special fund raising week event the Trump supporter was not violating policy with his apparel. They issued this statement:
"Edmond Public Schools is aware of cell phone video captured and posted to social media showing an incident between two students in a hallway at Edmond Santa Fe High School. The incident took place Monday, February 25th, the start of Santa Fe’s Double Wolf Dare Week, a series of assemblies, night events, sports tournaments and other events organized and staged to raise money toward the annual fund-raising goal. On the 25th, students were allowed to contribute a dollar to the fundraising cause in exchange for a pass to wear headgear to school, which is typically not allowed in school facilities during the school day.
In the video, a student is seen confronting a classmate who is wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and carrying a “Trump” flag. The student then proceeds to grab the flag and knock the hat off of his classmate’s head.
Given that hats were allowed at school yesterday as part of the week-long fundraising events, there was no specific dress code violation. The student’s choice to grab a classmate’s property and knock his hat off did, however, violate the school’s discipline policy. In response, Edmond Santa Fe High School administrators, working simultaneously with Edmond Police, addressed the incident with swift and immediate disciplinary action.
The school district honors students’ First Amendment rights, but must at the same time be vigilant in teaching and supporting students as they learn how best to respectfully express their opinions."
News 4 contacted the student that tipped the hat and he declined to comment.
The Trump supporter's father says they are moving forward with legal action.
In a statement sent to News 4, he said:
"On February 25, 2019 we were contacted by our 17-year-old son, who is a senior at Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Oklahoma. We were informed by him that a couple hours prior he had been assaulted by another student and that the school had done nothing about it.
As part of a week-long annual fundraising effort, students who donated $1 to the school could wear clothing during school hours that are not usually permitted. [Our son] donate to the school and chose to wear his “MAGA” Make America Great Again hat. That day there was a black light ceremony and the other student was wearing a yellow reflective vest so that it would glow under the black lights.
After speaking with one of his teachers our son was walking through the hall of the school at which time another student, that had earlier asked our son, “Are you proud of what you are wearing?” to which [he] replied, “Yes I am” started to approach him. Prior to this day [he] did not know the student and had no previous contact with him. [He] thought the student was going to engage in a conversation with him and was caught off guard when the other student began to get irate with him.
We have viewed the school surveillance video as well as the cell phone recorded video of the incident and have been informed that disciplinary action has taken against the 18-year-old student.
As [his] parents we are deeply disturbed by the actions of the other student and have met with the Edmond City Attorney and are proceeding with municipal assault and battery charges.
We are proud that our son has and will continue to show his patriotism, love for his country, and support for the president of the United States of America, Donald Trump."