A teenager in Ohio made national headlines this week after he was suspended from his local high school for refusing to participate in the nationwide anti-gun ‘walk out’ demonstrations; saying he preferred to remain “non-political” and opted to stay indoors in a designated “study hall.”
According to MSN, the student told teachers he would prefer to stay in the building during the protests; adding he “wasn’t taking sides” as the country’s teens staged mass demonstrations to pressure lawmakers to enact stricter gun control measures.
Hilliard High School senior Jacob Shoemaker reportedly told teachers “school isn’t the place for politics.”
Shoemaker’s decision prompted his immediate suspension from the district, with administrator’s claiming students couldn’t be properly supervised during the protests.
“The district says it’s responsible for students’ safety and they can’t be unsupervised,” writes MSN. “Jacob’s citation for not following instructions was shared online by a friend, prompting a flood of messages to his father.”
Shoemaker’s suspension comes amid reports of other incidents during the protests, with students in Tennessee trashing an American flag during the demonstrations and jumping on top of police vehicles.