- The Washington Times - Friday, December 13, 2019

A Florida mother on Thursday tweeted a cellphone video — that has since gone viral — showing her son being assaulted on a school bus, purportedly because he had worn a hat expressing support for President Trump.

Nearly 4 million people in less than 24 hours viewed a teen identified as “Tyler” shielding himself from vicious blows by his older peers. 

“My attorney @FoyeWalkerPA said it’s okay to release the video, warning graphic,” the text for the video posted by Twitter user @AmericanDiaries says. “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.”

Attorney Foye Walker, the family’s attorney, told The New York Post that Tyler “wore a Trump hat to school two weeks prior to the beating.”

“It started and/or increased a series of bullying that culminated in his assault and battery,” he said via email. “His beating appears to be the result of his support for President Trump.”

Tyler’s mother tweeted after the attack that she considered it “a hate crime and attempted murder according to the state of Florida since it was over three kids that jumped him and these kids are older and larger.”

School district and sheriff’s officials did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment Friday morning.

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