PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Republican party is accusing a school superintendent of pushing a political agenda after he suggested an attack on several black students was the result of President Donald Trump's stance on immigrants.

The Maine GOP calls Portland Public Schools Superintendent Xavier Botana's statements inappropriate. A party spokeswoman says they are creating a "hostile environment."

Police arrested 20-year-old Jamie Hoffman of Portland on Friday on charges stemming from the attack.

Botana issued a statement after the Jan. 27 attack calling it a product of a "noxious environment" caused by Trump and his executive order barring immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries.

He also announced student rallies would be held promoting diversity, which the GOP said amounts to forcing students and teachers to use school time to engage in his "partisan agenda."