Police: Student Carrying 'Trump' Flag At Gun Control Rally Assaulted

Thousands of local students sit for 17 minutes in honor of the 17 students killed last month in a high school shooting in Florida, during a nationwide student walkout for gun control in front the White House in Washington, DC, March 14, 2018.
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According to Minnesota police, a student carrying a flag with "Trump" written on it was assaulted by as many as eight other students during the National School Walkout Day gun control demonstration at Southwest High School in Minneapolis.

Police say the incident happened outside of the school while students were observing a moment of silence in remembrance of victims of school shootings.

"As students were observing a moment of silence, two students confronted the flag-baring student across the street from campus," CBS Minnesota reports. "Six other students joined in the confrontation, taking away his flag, damaging his camera and inflicting minor injuries."

The assault ended when a school resource officer intervened. None of the students who attacked the pro-Trump student were arrested, but police say the resource officer is investigating the incident.

Though National School Walkout Day was largely marked by peaceful and orderly protests, the incident in Minnesota was not the only one that resulted in troubling reports. In Nashville, Tennessee, a group of students involved in the gun control rally vandalized property, including tearing down an American flag and jumping on top of a police car. Below are videos from the event:

Another National School Walkout Day video that has gone viral was posted on Facebook by a student at New Prague High School in New Prague, Minnesota. The student who posted the video provided the following description of what he says took place before and after:

Kids at our school today walked out, in honor of the 17 students killed in Florida. Students held signs that said, “Arm our teachers” they had two signs. A student walked out without saying a word peacefully put up his sign which said “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” he was escorted off the property by our principal and threatened to be put into a police car. This violates the first amendment and makes me sick that they can do whatever they want. Please make this go viral

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