WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Jacob Shoemaker, an Ohio senior high school student, said he was suspended for one day for staying in a classroom instead of joining walkouts or going to a study hall.
- The Hilliard Davidson High School student chose to remain nonpolitical during the nationwide school walkouts over gun violence on March 14.
- The national walkout is a non-political memorial for Florida school shooting victims.
Jacob Shoemaker, 18, said he opted not to take sides in the national gun-control debate and decided to remain in the classroom alone.
The following day, he was given a one-day suspension slip with the reason: ‘Student refused to follow instructions’.
The school district explained that it’s responsible for the students’ safety and they can’t be unsupervised.
“I can only confirm that no student was suspended for not walking out, nor were any suspended for walking out,” Stacie Raterman, spokesperson of Hilliard City Schools said.
Jacob sent a photo of the suspension slip to one of his friends, who uploaded it to social media. It has gone viral since.
“I really didn’t have a choice here,” Jacob told ABC6 news station. “If you walked out you were with the protest, you were for gun control and anti-gun violence. And if you sat in this pit with all these other people you were pro gun-violence.”
“It’s the least political protest that exists and the thing that I was protesting in politics in the classroom. I feel that it has no place in a school, in a district, anywhere,” Jacob explained.
The viral slip displayed the phone number of Jacob’s father and led to a series of anonymous phone calls, most were hate calls.
Hilliard Davidson High and the Shoemakers have been receiving death threats and hate messages.
“He didn’t do anything to deserve this,” Scott Shoemaker, Jacob’s father, said. “He didn’t ask for this.”
Source: Fox News