LI Student Suspended For Remainder Of School Year After Repeatedly Trying To Attend In-Person Classes

Erica Brosnan
September 16, 2020 - 2:34 pm
Maverick Stow

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MASTIC BEACH, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A Long Island high school senior who was suspended and then arrested for demanding a return to full-time in-person classes has now been suspended for the remainder of the school year.

Officials at William Floyd High School say 17-year-old Maverick Stow kept showing up to school on days he was mandated to do remote learning, protesting his school district's hybrid model.

After his first suspension, he told WCBS 880 he was protesting for the students who could not speak up and said the education via online learning was subpar. He also raised concerns about student athletes being unable to secure scholarships to college without a return to sports.

Stow said all students should be allowed to participate in in-person learning and should not be forced to do remote learning if they did not wish to.

When he showed up for in-person classes during a day he was meant to do remote learning, he was suspended after refusing to leave and continuing to display “insubordinate behavior,” according to the school.

Despite the suspension, he returned to school the following day and police were called to remove the 17-year-old from campus. He was then arrested and given a ticket for trespassing

William Floyd High School threatened to close the school for all in-person instruction if Stow did not stop.

Afterwards, Stow released a statement on Monday saying he would stop trying to gain entry to the campus but, would continue to protest peacefully off-campus until in-person classes resumed full-time.

“Having the William Floyd School District close down the high school to all in person learning for all students has never been my objective and this is of primary concern to me,” he wrote. “However, seeing as ALL STUDENTS are still not attending school for 5 days per week, I do intend to make my voice heard. I, along with any supporters of this cause who believe that students should have in person learning 5 days a week as well as extracurricular activities and sports, will continue to peacefully protest off school property, and during school hours.”

On Wednesday, the school released a statement saying Stow had been suspended for the remainder of the school year. Officials say if Stow abides by the rules of his suspension, they will revisit the suspension at the end of the second quarter to determine if he will be allowed to have privileges reinstated. 

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