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The Martin County, Florida Sheriff’s Office is investigating whether an incident on a school bus this week is crime, after a school bus aide threw a fit about a MAGA hat and was caught on tape.
Gunnar Johansson, 14, told WPTV-TV news in West Palm Beach that hats were allowed at his school this week if they donated to the March of Dimes. In his case, it was a Donald Trump cap with the MAGA slogan. That didn’t sit well with a school district bus aide, who first verbally and then physically confronted the child for his choice.
LISTEN TO THIS: A Martin County school bus aide is under investigation for yelling at a student then grabbing his #Trump #MAGA hat off of his head for 'hat day' at school. The school does not have clear policies against wearing political attire. @WPTV pic.twitter.com/NjxvgZKY3W
— Meghan McRoberts (@MeghanWPTV) March 8, 2019
In the clip, the unidentified woman can be heard saying “Boy, if you don’t that hat off this bus… take it off.”
“She, like, threatened me with a referral and threatened to turn the bus around,” Johansson told WPTV. ” I said ‘write me up, I didn’t do anything wrong’, and then she yanked my hat off. It was crazy.”
Toward the end of the surveillance clip you can hear as the bus aide tells Johansson to put the hat in his backpack after she removes it from his head.
Neither the school nor the district have a policy against political attire.
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office has not put a statement on their website or their social media, but did tell local news that they are investigating, after Johansson’s mother contacted their office. They are reviewing the video for exactly how the hat was physically removed.
The school district’s safety officer says they are taking the incident “very seriously.”
Below, find the on-air report from WPTV, which includes an interview with Gunnar Johansson as he describes the events.