(PatriotHeadline.com)- A high school student from New York was suspended from school for five days for committing the crime of attending school on a day he should have been attending remotely. 17-year-old Maverick Stow, a student at William Floyd High School near Long Island, attended his class on Tuesday because he thinks turning up five days a week was important.
His teachers disagreed.
According to local outlet WABC, Stow said that he thought he should be attending school as much as he was before the recent lockdown rules, and turned up and had his temperature checked as normal. Administrators saw that he had turned up to his first class and called him into the principal’s office. They said he was not on the roster to be in school that day and asked him to believe.
Stow responded, “No, I think I need to go class. This is during class time.”
Stow said that he stayed in school and continued attending class, but at the end of the day he was told by the principal that he was suspended for five days for violating the school’s policy on COVID-19.
William Floyd Schools District PR director James Montalto issued a statement describing their COVID policy relating to the staggered class schedule.
“In order to adhere to these guidelines, it is imperative that students attend school during their scheduled in-person days only,” Montalto said. “Students who refuse to adhere to their scheduled in-person days and/or flagrantly disregard directives to leave school grounds and cause a disruptive environment for other students, will face disciplinary actions.”
Who could have predicted that in 2020 students would be punished for turning up to their classes?
Stow defended his decision to turn up to class saying that he thinks a five-day suspension is “out of line.”
“The virus doesn’t discriminate on Mondays or Tuesdays or Thursdays or Fridays,” he added. “That’s not how it works.”
Which is true!
It shouldn’t even be controversial, either, given that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already recommended that schools open as soon as possible. The CDC said that the Chinese coronavirus poses a small risk to students who are young and healthy, meaning the schools should be reopened.
“Reopening schools creates opportunity to invest in the education, well-being, and future of one of America’s greatest assets – our children – while taking every precaution to protect students, teachers, staff and all their families,” the CDC said.
So why are kids still being sent home from school?