Over the past week, high schools across America saw students stage “walk outs,” in which they left their classrooms in order to protest “gun violence,” coming in response to the Valentine’s Day school shooting in Florida, which left 17 dead.
At Hilliard Davidson High School in Ohio, senior Jacob Shoemaker decided that he didn’t want to join the protest in favor of gun control, nor did he want to seem as if he was disrespecting the victims of the school shooting in Florida, so he remained in class.
For choosing to remain apolitical, Jacob was suspended for two days, citing a “refusal to follow instructions,” with Fox News reporting that the school district stated that it is “responsible for students’ safety and they can’t be unsupervised.”
Jacob’s father said that “Politics does not belong in the school, students shouldn’t be pressured into taking a side,” adding, “He didn’t do anything to deserve this.”
Jacob Shoemaker: “Students should be able to make a choice and not be forced into a situation by the officials in their school district… If this whole protest was about abortion, I promise you that the situation would be handled very different.” https://t.co/zeArHwImeY pic.twitter.com/QvavMdgylB
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