A high school in Idaho held a graduation ceremony at an undisclosed time on Saturday after the suspension of a student caused classmates to stage a walkout in support of his “un-woke” comments.
Travis Lohr, 18, was suspended by Kellogg High School last week for unscripted comments during an assembly speech offering advice to underclassmen.
“Guys are guys and girls are girls, there is no in-between,” Lohr recalled telling the assembly, according to local Fox 28 News Spokane. “I think a lot of people thought that my statement was against people or against groups, and it wasn’t targeted at any groups.”
The comments earned Lohr a suspension and he was banned from walking with his peers during the graduation ceremony as originally scheduled, causing his fellow students to stage the walkout.
The administration wouldn’t specify exactly why Lohr was suspended, citing federal privacy laws that prevent them from providing details, but told local KHQ TV News that it was not a First Amendment issue.
Instead, the school pulled out what critics say is the new standby excuse that all LGBT apologists now use when they want to deny somebody a voice that expresses a countervailing opinion.
They called it a “safety” issue.
“The Kellogg High School administration firmly believes in the rights of all students and strives to provide a safe, nurturing environment where students are challenged to demonstrate individual responsibility, attain academic excellence, achieve personal success and involve themselves in lifelong learning activities,” the district said in a statement, according to the website Outkick.
The district then said that after consulting with law-enforcement officials, they would postpone the graduation ceremony.
“We regret having to make this very difficult decision but the safety of our staff, students, their families and local law enforcement is our top priority,” the district said, according to KHQ.
The district blamed “outside groups and agitators” for threats of violence, according to the local station.
Critics have blasted the school for punishing Lohr for his unrehearsed comments.
The Idaho Freedom Foundation (IFF) called the suspension “an authoritarian move.”
To make the incident even more egregious, bus driver Dakota Mailloux was reportedly fired from his job for showing up in support of Lohr at the walkout, said Faithwire.
“That is an authoritarian move, such that while we don’t know for sure that Dakota, the bus driver, lost his job because of his attendance at the protest defending Travis, let’s just say firing an employee for free speech, especially conservative free speech, seems very on-brand for the school,” said IFF.
Later, the district made the decision to hold the graduation ceremony on Saturday as originally planned, but moved the time to 10:00 a.m.
The district then asked students and parents to “keep the time under wraps,” according to Fox 28.
Subsequently, Lohr did not attend the ceremony scheduled at the new time, according to IFF.