Teen reportedly throws classmate's 'racist and hateful' MAGA hat, slaps teacher who asked her to leave
Jo-Ann Butler has been suspended for a week by Union High School which allows political clothing as a liberty
It is being reported that a high school student from California's El Dorado is facing multiple battery charges after swiping a classmate's MAGA hat off his head. 17-year-old Jo-Ann Butler reportedly told CBS that the hat was a "racist and hateful symbol" and she wanted to "maybe just wake people up in some type of way". "It's not cool, the environment our classroom is in," she said.
The video footage of the incident reportedly shows Jo-Ann take the hat off her classmate's head in the classroom, after which an argument breaks out between the teenager and the boy. The students' English teacher then tries to intervene and asks Jo-Ann to leave the classroom.
Jo-Ann was allegedly "verbally berating" the student before throwing the hat onto the ground, reports the Daily Mail. After she was asked by the teacher to leave, she seems to continue arguing in the classroom, as per reports by Fox News. The police alleged that Jo-Ann, in her angry fit, also slapped her teacher, which is what led to the second battery charge.
After the incident in the classroom, the teenager was arrested by a school resource officer who took her to the El Dorado County Juvenile Hall. As per the publication, political clothing is a liberty which is allowed at Union High School, i.e. Jo-Ann's school, which is why the school administration has suspended the teen for a week as punishment for her actions.
Jo-Ann's father, Chris Butler, said that he in no way approves of his daughter's extreme behavior, but he also told CBS that she is not out of line to find the accessory distasteful. "I don't agree with grabbing someone's hat and verbally talking to them in that way," he said. "But, as far as the issue being brought up, maybe this is something that needs to be brought up."
According to reports, the school has released a statement saying the safety of its students and staff are a top priority, also adding that they would provide full cooperation to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office as the incident gets investigated.