Students support Mason teacher after Trump pin 'incident'
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Both current and former students have reached out to News 10 saying that they don't believe Paul Kato would ever do anything like that.
"Kato isn't just a teacher, he's a mentor," Ina Aker, 12 grader at Mason High School, said.
Aker said she doesn't believe the assault case that Sadie Earegood claims happened on Dec. 5 is the whole story.
"It's been the talk of the school so I just feel like it's unfair because anyone who has Kato, knows Kato, he's not that kind of person," Aker said.
Kato is a media technology teacher that has worked at Mason High School for years. Aker said Kato hasn't been in school since the alleged incident took place.
"He's been gone," Aker said. "A lot of classes are really struggling right now. Me personally, I can't even continue his class until he returns."
Kato is involved in the community and is the director of the school paper and video announcements.
"There's like a video put out every single day in the high school and he's in charge of that and did the production of that," Alexa Martin, a former student, said.
Kato is originally from Nigeria. Last year, he helped to build a residential soccer school, the
which opened with 24 students.
"There's this fundraiser he has every year, it's called "Send Soccer," and hundreds of people participate, donate money, and it's all to raise money for his school and Nigeria for under privileged children," Aker said.
Kato has also coached the high school soccer team in Mason.
People who are speaking out are just looking for both sides of the story to be told.
"Her perspective must have been totally different than what Kato's perspective was, but from witnesses around it seemed as a jokingly matter," Aker said.
"Everyone is just outraged. That's just the best way I can put it. Everyone is just upset because they feel like there's more to the story than what's being said," Martin said.
News 10 has tried numerous times to get the other side of this story from Kato, Mason High School and the Mason Police Department.
Both the Mason School District and Mason Police have confirmed they are investigating the accusations, but have not released any other details.
The Mason School District has not confirmed with us that the allegations against Kato are true.
The dress code for Mason High School does not state anything about political paraphernalia not being allowed.
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News 10 spoke with Kato's attorney who said they have no comment on the situation at this time.