A Florida highschool pupil has been suspended indefinitely after handing out delight flags throughout a walkout to protest the state’s so-called “Don’t Say Homosexual” invoice.
Flagler Palm Coast Top Faculty junior Jack Petocz helped arrange a statewide walkout on Thursday to protest Space Invoice 1557, a vastly arguable measure that may limit college instruction on sexual orientation and gender identification in kindergarten via 3rd grade.
About 500 scholars at his Palm Coast college participated in Thursday’s walkout, chanting, “Say homosexual!” Petocz passed out 200 delight flags he stated he bought along with his personal cash. Scholars were given simply quarter-hour to protest.
Petocz advised the Daytona Seaside Information-Magazine he used to be known as into the important’s workplace after the protest, “advised I used to be disrespectful and overtly advocating towards body of workers.”
“They suspended me from campus till additional understand. I knowledgeable the important I wasn’t going to talk with him and used to be going to speak to a legal professional,” Petocz added.
He stated an hour sooner than the protest, the important pulled him apart and particularly complained in regards to the flags. “He advised me I wouldn’t be allowed to [distribute the flags]. He went additional to query the intentions of our protest, asking if delight flags have been related to opposition to the invoice.”
A spokesperson for the Flagler college district insisted in a remark to the Daytona newspaper that Petocz had now not been suspended however were “put on excused administrative depart” whilst college officers examine.
Petocz stated he would do it once more. “I could have been suspended, however I can now not be silenced. I’m happy with who I’m, and I’m #notafraidtosaygay,” he stated in a Twitter remark.
One of the crucial other folks responding to Petocz’s remark used to be Florida anti-gun activist David Hogg, who survived the 2018 mass taking pictures at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas Top Faculty that killed 17 other folks and injured 17.
He reminded everybody that scholars in Florida are “now not placing up with [Gov. Ron] DeSantis’s homophobic bull shit.”