A 17-year-old gay Florida high school student who was suspended after organizing a highly-successful statewide protest against Governor Ron DeSantis’ “Don’t Say Gay” law now says school officials are blocking him from running for class president. Jack Petocz was suspended for four days, he and school administrators say, for handing out several hundred small LGBTQ Pride flags just before the walkout that drew hundreds of his classmates at Flagler Palm Coast High School and thousands of students across the Sunshine State.
The walkout he organized was approved by school administrators although reports at the time say barely hours before it began he was told to cancel it.
That order allegedly came one day after a school board member who has opposed Petocz in the past toured his school. Now Petocz wants to run for senior class president.