Trump-Hating Teacher Rips Pro-Trump Button Off 16-Year-Old Female Student
(Screen Capture: WLIX.com)
The story is straightforward enough. At Mason High School in Michigan, a 16-year old female student, Sadie Earegood, went to school wearing a "Women for Trump" button. Paul Kato, a media technology teacher at the school, saw the pin and ripped it off her shirt.
She describes it like this:
(Kato) didn't like the pin she was wearing.
"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 described a struggle between herself and the teacher where he tried to take the pin off her.
"He grabbed it and I pulled, I tried to push his hand away and he grabbed my shoulder," she said. "(He) just kind of put his hand there, and then he started pulling more and more and I just started backing up."
Kato then took the pin off her shirt and pinned it to his shirt. Upside down. He then allegedly said he put it upside down because "it belonged that way." In a written statement, Superintendent Ronald Drzewicki said, "Once we have a complete understanding of the situation, we will take appropriate action."
Now, this is an accusation. We've heard of stories like this that were proven false; like claims of attacks on gay people that were self-inflicted (see, Jussie Smollet.) Or racial attacks that were self-inflicted (also, see, Jussie Smollett.) We also know of the damage done to real victims by liars who make their stories harder to believe.
A male teacher is under investigation by police in Michigan for assaulting a 16-year-old female student, Sadie, over her #WomenForTrump pin.— Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TrumpWarRoom) December 10, 2019
"He grabbed it and I pulled and I tried to push his hand away and he grabbed my shoulder."
We #StandWithSadie!https://t.co/GjwdigGShy pic.twitter.com/TjXWO5zj2L
But Americans have seen too many stories of Trump supporters being attacked and abused to count. An 81-year-old attacked outside a supermarket for wearing a MAGA hat. A guy stealing a 16-year-old's MAGA hat and dumping a soda on his head. A girl having her hair lit on fire. That's nothing to say of reporters being violently attacked by groups like ANTIFA, specifically the attack on Andy Ngo. British Parliamentarian Nigel Farrage was "milkshaked," which violent people thought was hilarious. The "milkshake" that hit Andy Ngo was filled with quick-drying cement and other chemical additives.
Violence against Trump supporters has become commonplace. Attacks and vitriol towards children who aren't ideologically connected to David Hogg or Greta Thunberg are near applauded. CNN on-air personalities wished they could punch Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann in the face.
I have made the argument many times that children do not have free speech. Schools have rules and adults have a responsibility to protect children, often from themselves. Schools can decide that buttons are not allowed, that sayings on t-shirts are not allowed. They can decide that jackets can't be worn to class or baggy pants are not tolerated.
Even if this were the case at Mason High School, Kato nor anyone else would be in the right to rip a button off of a child's shirt. However, according to the school's dress code, buttons are fine:
School recognizes the right of students to express themselves. With the right of expression comes the responsibility to do it appropriately. 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.
An investigation will take place, and the parents of Sadie have filed a police report. According to students, Mr. Kato has not been at the school since December 5th, when the alleged incident occurred.
People who hate President Trump have every right to do so, but they need to keep their hands to themselves. Adults grabbing at the personal effects of children because they can not control their emotions are a danger to society, and society should not tolerate their inability to act humanely.
Until other information comes forward, I'll believe this girl and her family. The evidence of Trump supporters - adults and minors - being attacked is overwhelming and undeniable.