Jacob Shoemaker, of Ohio, a high school, was suspended for a stay in the classroom during the National Walkout Day.
An Ohio high school said that he tried to remain apolitical during the National Walkout Day, more than gun violence, but was suspended for his choice to remain in a classroom, instead of joining the protests, or the alternative, going to study hall.
Jacob Shoemaker, a senior at Hilliard Davidson High School, said he did not want to have to choose a side in the gun-control debate consuming the country. If he went out for the walkout, he said, he would support gun control. If he stayed in the common room of the school, he said, he would be seen as the support of armed violence and a lack of respect for the 17 people who lost their lives in the Park, Fla. High school shooting in the month before.
Jacob had had with the school from the principal on Tuesday, a day before the rally, for about an hour to find out what exactly the walkout was the support. But he said that the principal allegedly told him it was for the students to express themselves.”
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This left Jacob wondering if it was a monument for the lives lost, or a show of support for gun control.
He decided, instead of to remain in the classroom for approximately 20 minutes of homework after his teacher and classmates left and locked the door.
When they returned, he was slapped with a suspension.
A Ohio high school student was suspended for a stay in the classroom during the National Walkout Day.
Jacob’s father, Scott Shoemaker, said his son was just trying to remain neutral and did nothing wrong.
“Politics is [not] belong in the school,” he said. “Students should not be pressured into taking a side.”
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The story went viral after Jacob sent a picture of his out-of-school suspension quote from one of his friends, who posted on social media.
The school, as well as the Shoemakers, the death threats and hate messages.
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Scott Shoemaker said that his son was just trying to be introspective – and he wasn’t acting out.
“He had nothing to earn,” he said. “He had not asked for it.”
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The district says that it is responsible for students safety and they can not do without supervision.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Caleb Parke is an associate editor for FoxNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke