ATHENS, Texas (AP) - An East Texas girl who made an anti-illegal
immigration sign for a U.S. history class says she was beaten by
Her sign said: "If you love our nation, stop illegal
The father of 13-year-old Melanie Bowers of Athens says he's
keeping her out of classes until probably next week until the
situation is resolved.
As a class project, students made "protest signs" about past
and current issues.
Melanie Bowers on March 31st took her sign to school.
J.R. Bowers says his eighth-grade daughter on Friday was
attacked in a hallway. She suffered scrapes and bruises and later
sought medical attention.
Her sign was torn up.
Police are reviewing security video from Athens Middle School.
Superintendent Fred Hayes says the investigation continues.
Hayes says what school officials ought to look at is if it's
current issue -- they probably don't need a protest poster made on
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