A Michigan high-school student is alleging that a teacher assaulted her during school hours on Dec. 5 because she supports President Trump—and now the police are reportedly investigating.
Sadie Earegood, a 16-year-old junior at Mason High School, said that the media technology teacher Paul Kato “grabbed” her in order to rip a “Women for Trump” pin off her chest, according to News 10.
“I was just really shocked that a teacher would especially would do that,” she told Fox47. “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.”
She said the teacher tried to take the pin off her, then place it upside down on his own shirt, claiming that it belonged that way.
According to WSYM-TV, the school superintendent, Ronald Drzewicki, said, “appropriate action” would be taken once they obtain more details on the incident.
Students said that Kato has not been in school since the alleged incident, but Mason Schools has not confirmed that, News 10 reported.
Sadie’s mother, Capi Earegood, said the teacher “had no right to put his hands on my child over a pin or anything else.” She filed a “criminal assault and larceny” report against him.
“The First Amendment gives everyone the right to express their freedom of speech,” she added. “No one should get that upset about someone wearing a political pin.”
The 16-year-old said that she just wants people to know that she will continue to show her political views.