School Bus Aide Assaults 14-Year-Old Student Over MAGA Hat

When 14-year-old Gunnar Johansson refused to remove his MAGA hat on hat day, a school bus aide yanked it off his head.

Palm City, FL – Police are investigating after a school bus aide grabbed a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat off a 14-year-old student’s head on March 5.

The incident occurred right after Gunnar Johansson boarded the board to school, WPTV reported.

Although headgear is usually forbidden, Johansson was wearing a navy blue MAGA hat that day as part of the school’s March of Dimes fundraiser whereby students could make a donation for the privilege of wearing a hat, WPIX reported.

The altercation between the 14 year old and the Martin County School District employee was captured on surveillance video.

“Take it off!” the school bus assistant sternly ordered Johansson in the video.

“I can’t wear a hat?” the boy asked, confused.

“No. Take that hat off. Take it off. Now. Put it in your backpack,” the aide told him angrily.

The video showed that when Johansson failed to remove his hat, the bus aide reach over and snatched it off the teen’s head.

“She, like, threatened me with a referral and threatened to turn the bus around. I said ‘write me up, I didn’t do anything wrong’, and then she yanked my hat off. It was crazy,” Johansson told WPTV.

The video showed that the boy kept his hat off for the rest of the bus ride.

Later, the school bus aide tried to tell police that she didn’t know the students were allowed to wear hats that day, WPTV reported.

But the video clearly showed a bus full of kids wearing hats without any hassles from the bus aide.

“I do not have a problem with Gunnar. We have always gotten along,” the bus aide wrote in a statement released by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. “I am sorry for what I did and I hope he forgives me.”

Johansson’s mom, Jackie Putt, said she got a text from her other child telling her what had happened, so she went to the school to investigate, WPEC reported.

Putt said she tried to get information out of the school district for two days, but all they would tell her was that it was under investigation.

So she turned to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office to pursue assault charges on the school bus aide who touched her son, WPEC reported.

Martin County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Ryan Grimsdale said the sheriff’s department launched an investigation.

Lt. Grimsdale said investigators were reviewing video footage and interviewing witnesses, according to WPEC.

“The crux of our investigation will be the interaction directly, physically with the child,” he said.

After law enforcement got involved, the school district released a statement to the media.

“The district is aware of the family’s allegations. We’re taking it very seriously. We’re in the process of gathering all the facts right now,” said Frank Frangella, Director of Safety and Security for the Martin County School District.

The school district would not comment on the disciplinary status of the bus aide, but Johansson said she had not been back on his bus since the incident.

Comments (29)
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Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

What's does a fired "school bus aide" do for a living next?

LEO0301
LEO0301

Trump haters at it again. These people are totally consumed with Trump being president. I wonder how they'll react when he's reelected? :-)

joby234x
joby234x

this is wrong and an attack on freedom of speech, weather a fan of trump or not we can all agree on the right to freedom of speech and this is a bad way to teach kids about it.

magicand611
magicand611

Lucky for that aide that Gunnar isn't my kid

Trefflek
Trefflek

Crazy hate from the left. interesting how you never heard of anyone being attacked for wearing an Obama hat.

Gramercy
Gramercy

The bus driver should not be allowed to interact with ANY children! She should NEVER be allowed to drive ANY bus. She overstepped her authority...completely!

Domestic goddess
Domestic goddess

It's a hate crime.

Memphis6
Memphis6

What's really irritating is this will never make national news but had it been an adult doing that to a kid with hat that said Obama it would be on every major "news" network calling for blood but bc it's Trump some how it's ok.. it blows my mind that Democrats are so blind to their own hate that incidence like this they will justify even though they seem to be spreading more hate then any Trump supporter.

junkmansj
junkmansj

Moved to a different bus, hand smack Bad Girl

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

It will only get worse..especially when President Trump wins in 2020. The left does not like losing..cause they are NEVER wrong..just look at fox news and judge jeanine. She spoke the truth yet she is suspended due to terrorist group CAIR

1Starhoosier
1Starhoosier

Adults bullying children! Shame on them!

merlin9
merlin9

It was my kid? I'd need bail money

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

This 2nd grade drop out should be fired and jailed. And check for drugs. Her penmanship speaks volume.

And of course, no media mentions the aide's skin color. Had it been a white on color incident, the net would have exploded by now. (I am of color BTW.)

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

The aide should be terminated for assaulting a student. Anything less shows that the school permits their adult staff to bully kids for expressing beliefs that run contrary to theirs, and take punitive action as a result.

NickyJ
NickyJ

How about giving the aide a boot in the butt. It is not her business to judge the students when they have hat day. Who cares if it is Trump hat or Black life’s matter

InService
InService

The aid is some kind of older child, just look at the handwriting and syntax in her police statement. A junior in HS maybe.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

STAND YOUR GROUND .....as these maniacs try to embarrass and bully