Editoral: Hilliard City Schools Student Claims To Be Suspended For Refusing National School Walkout
On March 14th, students across the America were suggested to participate in the National School Walkout in remembrance of the students killed in Parkland, Florida. The key word here is “suggested” meaning that it was not mandatory to attend the campus event. That being said, some students may not have personally wanted to participate for a variety of reasons. Stacie Raterman, Director of Communications at Hilliard City Schools, told Turning Point News that 50% of the students did not attend the event.
It has been going viral that Jacob Shoemaker, a student at Hilliard City Schools, was suspended on March 14 for refusing to leave the classroom during the walkout.
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According to Raterman, their blog posts , which was posted on March 5, clearly states that it was not mandatory. Following that, the school did not want to make this a political issue, rather they wanted to make this a respectful gathering.
As you can see from the citation above, it does not indicate that Jacob was suspended due to “refusing to participate in the National School Walkout.”
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