A California high school student who ripped a “Make America Great Again” hat off her classmate’s head now faces battery charges.
Jo-Ann Butler, 17, was arrested after she took the hat, sold by President Trump’s election campaign. She called it a political stand.
“That’s a racist and hateful symbol,” Butler told CBS Sacramento.
Her goal, she said, was to change her classmates’ minds.
“Maybe just wake people up in some type of way,” she said, “because it’s not cool the environment our classroom is in.”
Butler is also accused of slapping her teacher on the way out of the classroom.
She was charged with two counts of battery and suspended from school for one week.
Political symbols are not banned by the dress code in the El Dorado Union High School District, where Butler attends Union Mine High School.
“Student and staff safety is our highest priority and the UMHS administration will continue to cooperate with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office as the incident is being investigated,” the district said in a statement.