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Updated: September 10, 2020 12:42 PM
Created: September 10, 2020 12:32 PM
A high school student on Long Island has been arrested after he physically showed up to school when he's supposed to be learning at home.
Senior Maverick Stow went to class on the first day of school Tuesday at William Floyd High School.
He says his attendance was to protest the school's hybrid learning model that was adopted to allow schools to safely reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The school suspended Stowe but he showed up again Wednesday.
The school warned his parents he could be arrested if he showed up to school again on Thursday.
The school issued the following statement Thursday:
Today, Maverick Stow, as reported by the media, was arrested for criminal trespassing for unlawfully entering school grounds. As a district, our primary focus aside from providing a high-quality education, is to provide a safe learning environment for students and staff. Any attempt by a student who has been suspended or any other unauthorized person trying to enter school grounds is taken extremely seriously and will be met with the most severe consequences. School safety is a top priority especially in this day and age.
Mr. Stow continues to display irresponsible and selfish behavior with today’s latest publicity stunt. He arrived wearing a neon green shirt – for high visibility – with a contingent of media just outside the fence line trying to capture him getting arrested as he entered the building. He entered the building and was immediately arrested by the Suffolk County Police Department without incident and transported to the police station. As a result, if Mr. Stow continues to try to access school grounds each day that we are open, we will close the high school – and its approximately 3,000 students – to all in-person learning and it will be all virtual for the foreseeable future.
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. 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. Most of our in-person classes at the high school are at maximum capacity according to the square footage of each classroom. It is just not possible to have all of our students back under the current social distancing regulations. We will not condone or allow students to flagrantly break the law in our schools.
Stow says his parents support his decision to protest.
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