A Florida highschool pupil has been suspended indefinitely after handing out pleasure flags throughout a walkout to protest the state’s so-called “Don’t Say Homosexual” invoice.
Flagler Palm Coast Excessive College junior Jack Petocz helped organize a statewide walkout on Thursday to protest Home Invoice 1557, a massively controversial measure that will prohibit faculty instruction on sexual orientation and gender id in kindergarten by third grade.
About 500 college students at his Palm Coast faculty participated in Thursday’s walkout, chanting, “Say homosexual!” Petocz handed out 200 pleasure flags he stated he bought along with his personal cash. College students had been given simply quarter-hour to protest.
Petocz instructed the Daytona Seashore Information-Journal he was referred to as into the principal’s workplace after the protest, “told I was disrespectful and overtly advocating towards employees.”
“They suspended me from campus till additional discover. I knowledgeable the principal I wasn’t going to talk with him and was going to speak to a lawyer,” Petocz added.
He stated an hour earlier than the protest, the principal pulled him apart and particularly complained in regards to the flags. “He instructed me I wouldn’t be allowed to [distribute the flags]. He went additional to query the intentions of our protest, asking if pleasure flags have been related to opposition to the invoice.”
A spokesperson for the Flagler faculty district insisted in a press release to the Daytona newspaper that Petocz had not been suspended however had been “positioned on excused administrative leave” whereas faculty officers examine.
Petocz stated he would do it once more. “I’ll have been suspended, however I cannot be silenced. I’m happy with who I’m, and I’m #notafraidtosaygay,” he stated in a Twitter assertion.
One of many folks responding to Petocz’s assertion was Florida anti-gun activist David Hogg, who survived the 2018 mass taking pictures at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College that killed 17 folks and injured 17.
He reminded everybody that college students in Florida are “not placing up with [Gov. Ron] DeSantis’s homophobic bull shit.”