Suspended student arrested after returning to school in protest of remote learning
A high school senior at William Floyd High School was arrested this morning after attempting to attend in-person classes while suspended.
Maverick Stow, 17, spoke to News 12 on Wednesday about what he says is the importance of in-person learning and the after-school programs and sports that students are missing out on.
On Tuesday, he showed up for class on his remote learning day and refused to leave. Stow was suspended for five days.
He went back to the school on Wednesday and received a criminal trespass warning. When he returned on Thursday, he was arrested.
In response, the school district released a statement saying part: "As a district, our primary focus aside from providing a high-quality education, is to provide a safe learning environment for students and staff."
It goes on to say, "Mr. Stow continues to display irresponsible and selfish behavior with today's latest publicity stunt."
Stow was released from the 7th Precinct without having to post bail. He was issued an appearance ticket and is due in county court on Sept. 24.
“They're arresting me for coming to school. That's it,” Stow told News 12. “I never did anything except show up. Just wanted to learn. Just want to be at school. And the school had me arrested for it.”
The district says that if Stow keeps coming to school when he's not supposed to, they could resort to closing the building and go all virtual for the foreseeable future.
The district’s full statement is below: