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HOAX: Girl beat up over anti illegal immigration poster

UPDATE: This story now appears to be a hoax. Thank you “Legal Mexican” for bringing it to our attention.


An eighth grader was accosted in her middle school hallway for simply completing an assignment. Her teacher assigned the students to make either past or present protest signs, hers were against illegal immigration which apparently was not well received by her peers.

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 other students.

Her sign said: “If you love our nation, stop illegal immigration.”

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.