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MAGA hate crime: Black student assaults white for MAGA hat

Edmond Santa Fe High School is a public school with approximately 2,100 students in Edmond, Oklahoma.

The Edmond Sun reports that last Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, during a school fundraiser, Double Wolf Dare Week, an “altercation” between two Edmond Santa Fe students resulted in a ticket of summons being issued to one of the male students, Kenneth Dewayne Jones, 18.

A video of incident was sent to The Edmond Sun, which shows an older black male and a white underage male involved in the altercation. The underage student was wearing a red MAGA (Make America Great Again) hat and a Trump banner as a cape.

The black student can be heard name-calling the white student: “Take it off or I’ll rip it off … do you want me to rip it off?”

The white student attempts to sidestep the confrontation, but is blocked by the older black. The words of the younger student are not clear in the video.

The older male then knocks the hat off the younger male. Another student tries to intervene in a nonviolent manner.

A school resource officer issued a ticket to Kenneth Dewayne Jones, who is named on the municipal court summons on an offense of assault and battery. He has not been formally charged.

A mediation process is the next step facing the students.

Edmond Police spokeswoman Jenny Wagnon said: “How the summons works is that the student who is an adult, who was given the municipal summons, and the parents of the other student in the hat — those parents will have to contact the city attorney’s office within five days. And then both parties will meet with the city attorney and try to work something out. If not, then it’s up to the city attorney to file the assault charges against the student who is an adult.”

The Edmond Public Schools district refused to release the name of the adult student. School spokeswoman Susan Parks Schlepp said:

“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.”

A police report was not available Tuesday morning, but police continue investigating the incident.

H/t Clash Daily

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