An unnamed Florida schoolboy seen being violently assaulted in a viral video was allegedly targeted because he wore a pro-Trump hat, according to the victim’s parents.
The video, which has been viewed more than 700,000 times, shows the boy being hit repeatedly by a group of students on a school bus.
It was uploaded Thursday morning by American Diaries, a popular Twitter account that often posts pro-Trump content.
The persons behind the account, which has more than 400,000 followers appear to be the boy’s parents.
American Diaries said the footage was released with the blessing of the family’s attorney, Foye Walker.
In a tweet on Thursday, Walker confirmed he was representing the family and that the boy in the video is a student who attends a school in the Hamilton County School District.
I am representing the victim in this video who is a student at Hamilton County, FL School District. This incident occurred on the school bus and is under investigation.https://t.co/POTpm4vu9K
— Foye B Walker PA (@FoyeWalkerPA) December 12, 2019
According to Walker, the incident is still under investigation.
The assault seems to have taken place in late November.
A tweet posted on Nov. 21 by the American Diaries Twitter account appears to reference the attack.
According to American Diaries, the victim was targeted for wearing a “#Trump hat” and was hospitalized following the assault.
My attorney @FoyeWalkerPA said it's okay to release the video, 😡warning graphic 😡 keep in mind this is only the first 21 seconds of the video…please RT to have these two girls and 3 boys held accountable. pic.twitter.com/8oEz79K2xN
— American Diaries (@AmericanDiaries) December 12, 2019
Neither Walker nor the Hamilton County School District immediately returned Pluralist’s request for comment.
Not the first time someone’s allegedly been assaulted for pro-Trump sartorial displays
In October, supporters of President Donald Trump were physically attacked as they left a Minnesota rally.
A Vice News crew caught a Trump supporter being spat upon at the same Minnesota rally.
A New York City art gallery owner claimed in August that he was beaten by a group of teens enraged by his “Make America Great Again” hat.
Earlier this year, a woman was fired from her barista job for berating an elderly man wearing a “MAGA” hat.