A center faculty in Florida suspended a number of college students after video of a battle with classmates over a show of LGBTQ Delight flags was shared on social media.
Leo Hoffman, 12, was outdoors for lunch with classmates at Seminole Center Faculty on Could 28 when a male scholar grabbed one in every of their Delight flags and threw it within the trash, Bay Information 9 reported.
Hoffman, who’s nonbinary and makes use of they/them pronouns, went to retrieve the flag, however the identical male scholar grabbed it again after Hoffman put it on their again as a cape. A battle then ensued.
The incident was captured on video and posted to Twitter by a relative to Hoffman who stated, “It is a video of my little sibling Leo who’s non-binary being drug to the bottom, stomped on, and lined in water only for sporting a satisfaction flag at college.”
Warning: The video beneath consists of language and aggressive actions.
The 45-second video exhibits a baby holding on to the rainbow flag on the bottom whereas a group of scholars tries to tug it away.
One scholar is additionally seen kicking one other within the abdomen to get the opposite scholar to let go of the flag.
USA TODAY has reached out to the relative for remark.
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Isabel Mascareñas, the general public info officer for Pinellas County Faculties, stated the habits was “unacceptable and inappropriate” and the aggressors within the incident have been suspended or reassigned to an alternate center faculty.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Workplace informed USA TODAY they’re investigating the incident and couldn’t present additional info.
Mascareñas stated the principal has been in touch with the household and has created a security plan for the kid seen within the video. She stated the principal has additionally instructed academics to satisfy with all their college students to evaluate faculty values.
“Pinellas County Faculties does not tolerate this habits. The varsity district welcomes everybody and we educate college students to respect and settle for others,” Mascareñas stated.
“Leo was frightened. Not a lot for themselves however for his or her buddies. Leo could be very robust and would do something to guard their buddies,” Benjamin Hoffman, Leo’s father, informed Bay Information 9.
Benjamin informed Bay Information 9 that Leo was doing effectively however opted to maintain them out of faculty this week.
Observe reporter Asha Gilbert @Coastalasha. E mail: [email protected]