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A Student was Suspended After Staying in Class During Walkouts

Katz:"He didn't want to choose sides. Why are schools enforcing not learning?"

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An Ohio high school student was suspended last week after he remained in his classroom during the national walkouts across the country in protest to gun violence.

Jacob Shoemaker, a senior at Hilliard Davidson High School in Hilliard, Ohio, didn't go to a designated area of the school where the non-protesters were supposed to be and instead stayed by himself in a classroom. 

He stayed in the classroom, his father said, because he didn’t want to choose a side.

“He was uncomfortable going to either location as he thought that going outside would most likely be politicizing a horrific event which he wanted no part of,” his father, Scott Shoemaker, wrote in a Facebook post on Friday. “But staying inside would make him look disrespectful or insensitive to 17 innocent victims if it turned out to be more of a memorial service.”

WIBC host Tony Katz discussed the story on his Tuesday broadcast.


"Why was the school so accommodating of kids not learning? Shouldn't it have been you're in class or your suspended? You're in class or there's detention? You're in class or there's a problem, there's an issue, there's a consequence?"

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