Florida high school student suspended after handing out pride flags

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A Florida high school student has been suspended indefinitely after handing out pride flags during a strike to protest the state’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

Flagler Palm Coast High School junior Jack Petocz helped organize a statewide strike Thursday to protest House Bill 1557, a hugely controversial measure that would ban school education about sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through third grade.

About 500 students at his Palm Coast school took part in Thursday’s walkout, chanting “Say gay!” Petocz handed out 200 pride flags that he said he bought with his own money. The students had only had 15 minutes to protest.

Petocz told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that he was called into the manager’s office after the protest, “said i was disrespectful and openly argue against staff.

“They suspended me from campus until further notice. I informed the principal that I was not going to talk to him and that I was going to talk to a lawyer,” Petocz added.

He said an hour before the protest, the principal pulled him aside and specifically complained about the flags. “He told me that I would not be allowed to [distribute the flags]. He went further to question the intentions of our protest, asking if the pride flags were relevant to opposing the bill.

A spokesperson for the Flagler School District insisted in a statement to the Daytona newspaper that Petocz had not been suspended but had been “indicted.” excused administrative leave” while school officials investigate.

Petocz said he would do it again. “I may have been suspended, but I won’t be silenced. I’m proud of who I am, and I’m #notafraidtosaygay,“, he said in a statement on Twitter.

One of the people who responded to Petocz’s statement was Florida anti-gun activist David Hogg, who survived the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that killed 17 people and suffered more. wounded 17.

He reminded everyone that Florida students “can’t stand [Gov. Ron] DeSantis homophobic bullshit.

Martha K. Merrill