Ron DeSantis is so scared of queer student activist Jack Petocz that he sicced security on him

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is an expert in harming his state’s youth; just within the past few months he’s signed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill into law, attacked transgender student athletes and scolded kids for wearing masks. Thankfully, Florida’s youth are fighting back.

Last night, queer teen activist Jack Petocz got to experience the Governor’s flagrant lack of care firsthand as DeSantis’ security guards kicked him out of an event for demanding an answer on DeSantis’ lack of action against gun violence in the wake of the shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

Petocz does anything but shy away from threats by authorities. In March, he was suspended from Flagler Palm Coast High School for leading protests against the “Don’t Say Gay” bill (and, reportedly, for handing out rainbow flags at one of them).

Just weeks ago, Petocz was honored at the 2022 PEN America Literary Gala, receiving the Freedom of Expression Courage Award for his activism in fighting the “Don’t Say Gay” bill in Florida.

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Thankfully, Petocz was not alone at last night’s DeSantis event, being joined by fellow activists like Students’ Rights Organization founder Jen Cousins and congressional candidate Maxwell Frost in calling out DeSantis’ inactivity against gun violence.

After DeSantis’ latest move of trying to ban not only transition care for minors but Medicaid support for trans people of all ages, he will certainly not be seeing the last of Petocz and his fellow activists any time soon.