A teenager wearing a Donald Trump hat was beaten at an anti-Trump demonstration in Rockville, Maryland, WTOP Radio reported Wednesday.
Reporting from the scene by telephone shortly after 11:30 a.m., a WTOP correspondent described it as “very troubling and violent incident shortly after the event began.”
The unidentified 15-year-old boy, wearing a red Make America Great Again hat, was “viciously beaten by several people,” including at least four high-school students who punched and kicked him.
The teen was evaluated by medics and taken away from the scene by ambulance, WTOP reported.
Maj. Michael English of the Rockville Police Department said that investigators have so far identified one student involved in the beating and have filed second-degree assault charges, the radio station said.
The protest by Richard Montgomery High School students has otherwise been “largely peaceful,” according to WTOP.
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Witnesses told WTOP that the Trump-supporting teenager was first accosted by one student, who punched him repeatedly. Other students quickly joined in and continued beating the boy after he fell to the ground.
“It was punches and kicks … when he fell to the ground, it was kicks,” one witness told WTOP.