by Sheri Urban
Video footage of a teenage white boy being brutally attacked by 4 black students on a school bus in Hamilton County, Florida, surfaced on social media on Thursday. The boy’s mother, who posted the video, claims that her 14-year-old son was hospitalized after he was assaulted by multiple students for wearing a hat supporting Donald Trump to school.
“I am sitting in the hospital with my 14 year old kid because he was just jumped by 8 black kids on the school bus, I guess that’s what happens when a kid wears a #Trump hat to school,” explained the boy’s mother on November 21. “And who’s the violent ones again? Earlier today they poured milk all over his head.”
The mother replied to her original tweet on the November incident this week with a video of the attack, which has gone viral: “My attorney @FoyeWalkerPA said it’s okay to release the video, warning graphic — keep in mind this is only the first 21 seconds of the video…please RT to have these two girls and 3 boys held accountable.”
The family’s attorney, Foye Walker, told 24News that the student was bullied by his classmates shortly after wearing a hat in support of President Donald Trump.
“He wore a MAGA hat to school two weeks prior and the bullying started,” said Walker to Breitbart News. “It escalated until the day of the incident. On that day, students poured white milk on his head and called him cracker. The attackers were two girls and three boys — it is my understanding that he was stomped by the last male you see in the video.”
Walker added that this incident is about the student’s First Amendment rights, not his political views.
“This is about freedom of speech,” he said. “Even if he had an Antifa shirt on, he has that most sacred right. The Democrats call for Civil War and violence. Maxine Waters says get in their face. This is a perpetuation on that. ‘Through any means necessary’ is what the Democrats say. That type of behavior is the cause of this incident.”
The boy’s mother also elaborated on the continuous bullying in November, weeks before the video emerged:
To be clear, my son bought his #Trump2020 hat with his own money at the flea market a few weeks ago. He was proud to wear it. He wore it to School, but due to immediate bullying he put it away & didn’t wear it to school again, sadly the damage was already done & was now a target.
From that point on he was steadily getting messed with. He was getting hit, tripped & verbally abused on the bus, but it all came to a head yesterday on his bus ride home. The nurse noted there are bruises on his arm that were older along with his new injuries. He didn’t tell us — about the bullying, but they took it to a new level yesterday and we are just now learning what he was going through. My husband is going to the sheriffs department now and I really hope these kids are held accountable.
“The bus tape was reviewed and there is now a criminal investigation underway,” added the mother the following afternoon. “I will continue to keep you all informed. Tyler is in a lot of pain today, very emotional and very upset. He wants to thank all of you for all the well wishes, as do I.”
Last week, the mother updated her followers by sharing a screenshot of an email she claims to have received from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
“I received the photos and info. My report along with the videos, witness statements and photographs will be sent to the State Attorneys Office this week for criminal prosecution on all those involved,” read the email.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to 24News’ request for comment by the time of publication.