Days after the November presidential election, three Minnesota students were charged in connection with a vicious assault on a 17-year-old classmate who had participated in an argument about the Bush-Kerry race. The assailants hit the victim in the face, including with a baseball bat, and kicked him. One boy had a padlock wrapped around his finger, according to a student who tried to protect the victim.
Both the victim and his rescuer were Bush supporters. The attackers were apparently Kerry supporters. The assault took place on a zoo parking lot near the Apple Valley magnet School of Environmental Studies, also known as the "zoo school."
The suspects fled by the time police arrived. The juvenile with the bat was charged with felony second-degree assault and the other two received lesser charges. (St. Paul Pioneer Press, 11-10-04)