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A part-time college instructor has apologized for kicking a student because he was wearing a Republican shirt.

Mark O'Donnell, a student at Fort Lewis College, said he was showing his College Republicans sweat shirt, which said "Work for us now . . . or work for us later," to others in at an off-campus restaurant when Maria Spero kicked him in the leg.

He said Spero then told him "she should have kicked me harder and higher."

Spero, a visiting instructor of modern languages, apologized to O'Donnell in a letter dated Friday.

"I acted entirely inappropriately by kicking you, giving vent to a thoughtless knee-jerk political reaction that should never have happened," she wrote. "Before the incident, I did not know you and that you are a Fort Lewis student."

The college also formally apologized, said David Eppich, assistant to the school's president.

O'Donnell said the apology wasn't enough and he plans to file a complaint with the college.

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