Hilliard Davidson High School student in Ohio who refused to participate in anti-gun walkout protest is suspended
Not everyone was in support of the National Walkout this past Wednesday where millions of students across the nation skipped classes to protest against guns. One student in Ohio was actually suspended for NOT walking out.
A high school student in Hilliard, Ohio, didn’t want to pick sides in the contentious gun debate surrounding Wednesday’s “National Walkout,” so he stayed in class instead of joining the largely anti-gun protest.
Jacob Shoemaker, a senior at Hilliard Davidson High School, said he didn’t want to take sides in the gun-control debate consuming the country. If he went outside for the walkout, he said, he would be supporting gun control.
So Jacob met with the school’s principal on Tuesday, a day before the rally, for about an hour to find out what exactly the walkout was supporting. But he said the principal reportedly told him it was for the “students to express themselves.”
Of course, this left Jacob wondering if it was a memorial for the lives lost or a show of support for gun control.
So, Jacob decided, instead, to stay in class for about 20 minutes doing homework after his teacher and fellow classmates left and locked the door.
Hilliard Davidson High School senior Jacob Shoemaker was then reportedly slapped with a suspension.
Shortly afterwards, Shoemaker’s suspension citation was posted online, possibly by a friend, and the story quickly went viral.
“Student refused to follow instructions after being warned repeatedly by several administrators,” the letter said. “Student not permitted on school property.”
It was then that school district spokesperson Stacie Raterman said official policy prohibited school officials from leaving Shoemaker unattended in the building for “security reasons,” 10TV reported.
While Shoemaker said he didn’t expect for his actions to generate so much attention, he was prepared to accept the consequences of his decision.
But Jacob’s father, Scott Shoemaker, said his son was just trying to stay neutral – and did nothing wrong.
“Politics [doesn’t] belong in the school,” he said. “Students shouldn’t be pressured into taking a side.”
Scott Shoemaker added, his son was just trying to be introspective – and he wasn’t acting out.
“He didn’t do anything to deserve this,” he said. “He didn’t ask for this.”
In addition Scott Shoemaker added,
“(I’m) proud of my son for sticking to his guns and avoiding politics in the school, although the school and the school district were less than thrilled with his decision and probably the unwanted attention that they are getting for the harsh decision that they made.”
Maybe the next time the school organizes an event that involves the entire student body at Hilliard Davidson High School, they could take into consideration the fact that students are individuals and NOT ALL students support gun control.
In addition, I’m sure Jacob Shoemaker wasn’t the ONLY student at Hilliard Davidson High School who didn’t support gun control.
But let’s be real….how many teachers or administrators at Hilliard Davidson High School allowed for diversification or DIFFERENCES in opinion or all students to exercise their 1st Amendment rights when it came to the National Walkout Day?
If only the teachers at Hilliard Davidson High School allowed ALL their students to honor the 1st Amendment
Across the nation, many schools held walkouts, but some schools actually honored other students who were excercising their 1st Amendment rights to NOT protest. Maybe those at Hilliard Davidson High School could have offered options like this school in Michigan did for Austin Roth.
Austin Roth, a senior at Lapeer High School, said he was “100% supportive of those who choose to be in the national walkout to show they care about the lives lost in Florida and every other school shooting.”
I would love to see the day that everyone puts the same efforts they put into protests for gun control and get in a class room and learn the history on guns and the second amendment.
“Guns are not the problem. The people are the problem,” Austin said.
Amen Austin! Amen! Amen!