Long Island student heads to school again to protest remote classes

Long Island student heads to school again to protest remote classes


Cops were called to a Long Island high school Wednesday after a student showed up in defiance of a suspension he received for flouting the district’s hybrid-learning schedule.

William Floyd High School senior Maverick Stow, who said he believes schools should be offering a full-time in-person option amid the pandemic, received a five-day suspension for the act.

But Stow went to school again Wednesday and “continued to display insubordinate behavior,” the district said in a statement.

The district said Stow even squared up to a district official, saying he would have to be forcibly removed from school grounds, the statement said.

“When a student is suspended off of school grounds for any reason, we cannot and will not tolerate students trying to gain access to our grounds or buildings,” the district said.

Suffolk County police were called to the school and told the student only to show up when he’s scheduled to do so.

“The student left without incident,” police said in a statement.

Stow told Newsday that he was polite with school officials during Wednesday’s showdown. He also reiterated to the outlet his belief that remote learning is ineffective.

The high school senior said he’s pushing to amend the school’s hybrid model and believes the district can provide a safe environment for students who would prefer to be in class full-time, according to the report.

Stow recommended that students who wish to learn remotely could do so full-time, freeing up space at the school.

The district on Wednesday said they agree with Stow that “school should be held in person five days per week.”

But, the district noted, they are operating under state policy with strict social distancing requirements.

“If his goal is to get school open five days per week, he is encouraged to take his advocacy to his state elected officials,” the district said in a statement.


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