A Michigan leftist high school teacher is now on leave after he ripped a “Women for Trump” pin off of a young student’s shirt.
A Mason High School student turned to the police after a teacher assaulted her during school hours because she supports President Donald Trump, WILX reports.
Sadie Earegood told NEWS 10 that the teacher involved was Paul Kato.
Paul Kato is the media technology teacher at the high school. Students say that he has not been in school since the assault on Dec. 5, but Mason Schools has not confirmed that.
Kato ripped Sadie Earegood’s “Women For Trump” pin from her shirt.
Earegood is 16 and a junior at the school. She said Kato, started off by saying he didn’t like the pin she was wearing.
“I was just really shocked that a teacher would especially do that,” she said. “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.’”
Earegood described a struggle between herself and the teacher where he tried to take the pin off her.
“He grabbed it and I pulled, I tried to push his hand away and he grabbed my shoulder,” she said. “(He) just kind of put his hand there, and then he started pulling more and more and I just started backing up.”
Police opened an investigation after school district officials called to share the assault on the student.
“The Mason Police Department has been in contact with a parent(s) of the student,” Hanson said, in the press release. “Due to a student being involved and the matter being open, no additional details will be released at this time.”
Superintendent Ronald Drzewicki said Tuesday that the teacher was placed on paid, non-disciplinary leave pending the results of the criminal investigation and an internal school investigation.
He declined to share any further details of the reported assault.
“Once we have a complete understanding of the situation, we will take action as needed,” Drzewicki said.
Officials from King Media, which represent the school district, also declined to share further details, but said in a press release Monday the incident does not affect the safety of students or staff.
“Mason Public Schools takes all concerns seriously,” Drzewicki said, in the press release. “We are committed to providing a positive learning environment for our students.”
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