By Marisa Herman(NEWSMAX)
A New York high schooler was arrested for attending class in person when he was scheduled for a virtual day, The Washington Post reports.
Maverick Stow, 17, of Long Island, New York, has been showing up to school to protest virtual learning.
He was suspended from William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, New York, on Tuesday for attending school in person when he was supposed to be in class from home.
According to the newspaper, he was informed by the school that the police would be called if he came back when he was not supposed to. When he showed up for class on Thursday, Stow was arrested and charged with criminal trespass by the Suffolk County Police Department.
If Stow returns to the school, classes will go completely online for all students, the school said in a statement. Currently, the school is operating on a hybrid model amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are still in the midst of a pandemic and will abide by the regulations set in place by our government and health officials designed to keep our students and staff safe,” school spokesman James Montalto wrote. “As we have said, Mr. Stow’s rights as a student do not surpass the rights of any of our other 8,799 students; they should not have to come to school to witness this circus atmosphere each day.”
Montalto claimed Stow showed up to school as a “publicity stunt.” He noted how Stow wore a neon green shirt for the media’s cameras, which were located just outside the campus’s fence line.
“The William Floyd School District takes student privacy seriously, however, considering that the student and his family already disclosed the information in public forums, we felt compelled to share,” Montalto said.
Maverick Stow’s mother Nora Kaplan-Stow told Newsday she has “mixed feelings” about her son’s arrest.
“I’m beyond proud of my son for standing up for what he believes in and defending his right to an education. I also, I’m a little upset. … It’s a very sad day when a student gets arrested for wanting to be in school,” she said.