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A Montana Man Fractured a Kid's Skull for "Disrespecting" the National Anthem
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49398"><span class="small">Emma Ockerman, VICE</span></a>   
Wednesday, 07 August 2019 13:37

Ockerman writes: "A 13-year-old boy was attending a Montana county fair and rodeo on Saturday when he failed to remove his hat during the national anthem. Moments later, a man slammed him to the ground and fractured his skull. The boy began seizing."

A 13 year-old Montana boy had his skull fractured at a Rodeo at the Mineral County fairgrounds. (photo: KPAX)
A 13 year-old Montana boy had his skull fractured at a Rodeo at the Mineral County fairgrounds. (photo: KPAX)


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A Montana Man Fractured a Kid's Skull for "Disrespecting" the National Anthem

By Emma Ockerman, Vice

07 August 19

 

13-year-old boy was attending a Montana county fair and rodeo on Saturday when he failed to remove his hat during the national anthem. Moments later, a man slammed him to the ground and fractured his skull. The boy began seizing.

The man, 39-year-old Curt James Brockway, had allegedly attacked the boy for his “disrespect,” a witness told the Missoulian. Brockway was soon arrested and charged with assault on a minor for the attack at the Mineral County Fair and Rodeo.

"He was bleeding out of his ears, seizing on the ground, just not coherent,” Taylor Hennick, a rodeo attendee, told the Missolian. As people started to surround Brockway, the man defended himself by saying the boy “was disrespecting the national anthem, so he had every right to do that,” Hennick added.

The boy was airlifted to a hospital in Spokane, Washington, where he was treated for temporal skull fractures. He’s now back home in Montana recovering, according to KPAX, a Montana CBS affiliate.

“It’s just a lot of pain in my head. I don’t remember anything – the rodeo – the helicopter – nothing,” the boy told the television station.

His attacker, it turns out, was already a registered violent offender for a 2010 assault with a weapon, according to the Missoulian. He’s on probation for that charge, but was released from jail on his own recognizance, or a promise to appear for his future court date on Aug. 14.

Failing to react to the national anthem in what’s considered a “patriotic” manner — removing your hat, placing your right hand over your heart — has been criticized by President Donald Trump and other Republicans. It’s unclear whether the Montana boy simply forgot to remove his hat, or had some personal reason not to. More traditionally, people protesting police brutality or racial inequality in America “take a knee,” or kneel during the national anthem as a political statement.

The kneeling movement, a particular target of Trump’s ire, began with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

"Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!'" Trump said during a 2017 rally, later causing even more football players to protest.

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+13 # Street Level 2019-08-07 22:07
Yeah, and he also has the right to go to prison.
 
 
+6 # Texas Aggie 2019-08-07 23:19
Word has it that this guy did not have his parole revoked or was forced to pay bail, but was released on his own recognizance. I hope that is false, but I am afraid it's not.
 
 
+9 # 1dfnslblty 2019-08-08 07:58
potus incites these actions.
Indict and Impeach and incarcerate.
 
 
+10 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-08-08 08:29
'The kneeling movement, a particular target of Trump’s ire, began with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.'

Still awfully hard to see how kneeling is an insult.
 
 
+5 # Wise woman 2019-08-08 14:20
Kneeling is NOT an insult. In some churches, people kneel to take communion. Men sometimes kneel to propose marriage. I'm former times, people knelt before queens and kings. Suddenly it's become an insult. Where is that written?
 
 
+5 # elizabethblock 2019-08-08 16:32
This guy is out on bail! Who else will he assault?
 
 
0 # coberly 2019-08-08 21:31
i wonder what they teach in Montana schools...or bars...where "disrespecting the flag" is something to get violently angry about.

clearly the guy has a mental problem, but is it unreasonable to suppose after all this time that that would have gone unnoticed and untreated.

i'm a little leery of mandatory mental health treatment, but i think we (psychologists) may know enough now to make it attractive enough so it would be voluntary and even effective.

of course it would have to be paid for by the government.

and i'm sure Mr Trump would not go for that.
 
 
+2 # Skeeziks 2019-08-09 09:05
Even if the young boy was protesting, there would be no allowable human reason for him to be struck at all.