Ohio student suspended for not participating in National Walkout Day

jocob shoemaker suspension

Expression of only one opinion allowed.

From Fox News: An Ohio high school student said he tried to stay apolitical during the National Walkout Day over gun violence but was suspended for his choice to remain in a classroom instead of joining protests or the alternative, going to study hall.

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. If he stayed in the common area of the school, he said, he would be seen as supporting gun violence and disrespecting the 17 lives lost in the Parkland, Fla. High school shooting the month before.

Jacob had 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.”

This left Jacob wondering if it was a memorial for the lives lost or a show of support for gun control.

He decided, instead, to stay in class for about 20 minutes doing homework after his teacher and fellow classmates left and locked the door. When they returned, he was slapped with a suspension.

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.”

The story went viral after Jacob sent a photo of his out-of-school suspension citation to one of his friends, who posted it on social media. The school, as well as the Shoemakers, have received death threats and hate messages.

Scott Shoemaker said 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.”

The district says it’s responsible for students’ safety and they can’t be unsupervised.


29 responses to “Ohio student suspended for not participating in National Walkout Day

  1. It’s way past time we take our schools back.

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  2. Matt Walsh: Pro-life Walk-out

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    • Maryaha . . . .I think that is a stellar idea. As you have indicated “Let’s all see how the schools suddenly change their tune about political demonstrations in school.” I think that this plan should go forward, and if the students are not allowed to “express their opinions” then a legal challenge should go forward. This would certainly show the entire world that the schools are only interested in allowing left leaning students to express themselves, but not allowing anyone with a different slant on things.

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      • this reminds me of the who;e take a knee thing. It’s like suspending football payers that don’t take a knee. That whole damned school district should be fired.

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  3. The sad part of Jacob’s suspension is that the school, and its principal, will receive no official sanction for depriving this young man of his God given First Amendment right to state a political opinion. Worse yet, are the death threats being sent to both the school and the Shoemaker family. This country is rapidly devolving into a society not governed by the rule of law, but by the rule of the bully. The fourth century Roman historian Ammianus Marcellinus correctly divined that a populous that has lived under a democratic government for a few generations, will forget the sacrifices their ancestors endured to win that liberty, and will cast aside their freedoms to cry out for a dictator to come and set things aright. It appears to me that we no longer cherish those hard won liberties our patriot ancestors shed their blood to give to posterity. And we no longer truly honor those men and women in uniform who have shed their blood since then to preserve what our ancestors won for us. America is at a crossroads, and people of good conscience must wake up and take corrective action before it is too late.

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    • Grif . . . . Bravo! I think you were spot on with your analysis of what is going on in this country. The schools no longer teach the greatness of America, and they instill leftist values in today’s young people. The young people no longer have any reverence for the hard fought instances where our former citizens fought to achieve, and maintain freedom in this land. This is such a tragedy!

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      • Thank you for the kind words Auntie. However, I’m afraid it is far worse than you might imagine. After retiring from a 33-year career as an investigative reporter for a metropolitan daily, I worked as a middle- and high school teacher for nine years. American history is no longer taught as a separate subject; it is relegated to a chapter in the “world history” class. The dearth of knowledge among public school students is appalling. For example, during one class, the subject of World War II came up. I mentioned Hitler to the class. I was met with blank stares. No one knew who Hitler was, not to mention what he had done. Finally one student took a guess: “Doesn’t he have something to do with Iraq?” the student asked. I wish I were making this up, but I’m not.

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        • Grif . . . . The very idea that children in this country do not have a clue about their own country sickens me no end. If you do not know your own country what good is it to know any history? This is shameful, and it is no wonder today’s youth have no spirit of Patriotism.

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  4. Stephen T. McCarthy

    … “He decided, instead, to stay in class for about 20 minutes doing homework after his teacher and fellow classmates left and locked the door.”

    Thus, leaving him in a dangerous situation should a fire have somehow broken out in the school.

    Since when can you be suspended for REMAINING IN SCHOOL?! It used to be that you might be suspended for MISSING CLASSES.

    I would say this has all the elements of a big, can’t-lose lawsuit. While kids are in the “custody” (for want of a better word) of a government entity (a state and federally-funded school) that entity is responsible for doing all it can within reason to protect and supervise the student.

    In this case, for the sake of an extracurricular political cause it wanted to promote, the school abandoned its responsibility and left a student alone and unsupervised. Before the walkout ever occurred, the school should have made provisions for any students who did not wish to participate, but to remain in school instead, where they actually belonged. At the very least, parents of students who did not wish to participate in the walkout should have been advised in advance that their children should not be brought to school on that day.

    I don’t see how any even halfway decent lawyer who sued the school or school district on behalf of Jacob Shoemaker could fail to win.

    It’s past time that we get aggressive and bring all these “public servants” (cops included) to heel! It’s time to start making examples of these people to send a strong message that We The People have reached the limit of our tolerance with Communist infiltration in our country. (God knows we need a new Joe McCarthy now!)

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents ‘Battle Of The Bands’

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    • Stephen T McCarthy . . . . I entirely agree with you. I absolutely feel a lawsuit should be brought against this school district, and the principals at this particular school.

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    • Um, he’s not smart enough to leave the building if a fire breaks out?

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      • Stephen T. McCarthy

        ANONYMOUS, there are reasons why schools conduct fire drills, and the teachers in each classroom are responsible for escorting the students out of the room and then out of the building.

        In this case, the teacher abandoned his/her responsibility by leaving one student alone while leading the others out to engage in a politically-motivated propaganda protest. If the presence of teachers do not in any way improve safety in the event of fires, why are they in charge of overseeing the evacuation of the students when a fire alarm sounds?

        ~ D-FensDogG
        Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends

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    • He probably was in much greater danger outside with his classmates. A large target. In a gun free zone. Not paying attention to their surroundings.

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  5. While we were sleeping, did the United States turn into North Korea?

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    • Dr Eowyn . . . . I second that! Am I wrong in thinking that 17 year olds can join the military service? Or, is that with parental permission. I would have zero problem with my 17 year old being left in a regular classroom all by himself. If we were talking about a child with disabilities–that would be a completely different thing.

      How is it that leaving a 17 year old without a baby-sitter is grounds for suspending him because he choose not to go to the “study hall” which I have little doubt there would be any studying going on. Yet, these same “educators” can without parental permission take a young girl who is pregnant to an abortionist for a procedure that could have life altering consequences. I do not understand the thinking of this school district.

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  6. He wouldn’t attend the Two Minutes Hate like a good citizen…

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  7. I should have been the parent of the SUSPENDED student. I would hold the principal IN SUSPENSE until my next move.

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  8. Name an element of society that isn’t serving The Borg at the moment. I suppose with schools, as with government, we PAY for these “services” and we must DEMAND accountability.

    What we are getting is what Obongo did during his entire reign. I was complaining about it daily. but it was like nobody seemed to see it. It isn’t supposed to be about ‘whatever THEY want’, WE are supposed to be the final determiner/approver of what is done in our name and to our kids.

    The obvious fact that the schools apparently see themselves as only beholden to whatever political parasites they admire is glaringly obvious. Any of them who can’t understand or refuses to make a distinction between teaching and/or indoctrinating should be fired immediately.

    It is not the school’s mandate to form political ideologies. It is not the school’s mandate to push the latest trends in faddish notions such as “gender spectrums” or “white privilege”.

    Taking the schools back is a great idea. Perhaps shutting them down in the interim is an even better one. The country, and the world, are are being run right out of “The Protocols”.

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  9. Since schools like this are apparently forcing students to support Soros’s plan for anti guns, should we the people be responsible for supporting with our taxes these political organizations (aka “public schools”)? HECK NO.

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    • Absolutely. No money for them, no more for “Sanctuary Cities”. It’s time to be getting fed up with these parasites with their hand out and their other hand flipping us the bird.

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  10. Locking him inside the room was a heck of a lot more dangerous than him being left alone. Good grief he is old enough to join the military, sounding like to me he was the only adult at the school that day.
    I am pretty sure there is no law stating you will be suspended for attending class. His parents pay good tax money for him to get an education and that is what this responsible young man was trying to get. I believe the school was being derelict in not giving him that education he obviously craved.
    Forcing the beliefs of the political mongers at that school was a heck of lot more dangerous than letting him make his own decisions.
    Bravo young man.

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  11. If I’m his father, locking my kid in would have resulted in a criminal complaint, and a rather sizable lawsuit.

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  12. Anti gun freaks threatening with violence. Oh the irony

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  13. To me “can’t be unsupervised” sounds more like “Can’t be left unwatched lest they find evidence of something.” (like perhaps the real teaching manuals in the sex ed classes supplied by the new weather underground, perhaps… or perchance evidence of setting up for a “drill”, with a potentiality for witnessing such an event from an unapproved angle? etc.) but then people do call me paranoid. haha

    Given the behavior students get away with when teachers are present and “supervising”, there really doesn’t seem to be any loophole the school can wriggle out of this from, and it smacks of overt propagandizing effort with an iron fist attatched.

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  14. I think I can top this news article . On the way home from work this a.m. , heard on a local radio talk show that 2 kids got suspended for 5 days for having the gall to post pics of them and their family shooting at a gun range
    It happened in New Jersey .

    Have fun with this one Doc!

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  15. And of course in Sh*tcago, thug students from Simeon HS (on the South Side) trash a Walmart across the street during the 17 minute walkout.

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