A student barred from his high school graduation ceremony after stating there are only two genders said in a Sunday interview on “Fox & Friends” that a firefighting job offer has now been rescinded.
Lohr made the off-script comment at a high school assembly where seniors at Idaho’s Kellogg High School offer a piece of advice to younger students.
More than 100 parents, students, and community members gathered Friday to protest the school’s decision to ban him from participating in the graduation ceremony over the remark, according to the Idaho Tribune.
I didn’t direct it at any groups or anything like that; it was just something I chose to say in the moment,” Lohr also told the outlet, adding that his remark was met with an “uproar of cheers.”
Lohr says he departed from his preapproved remarks at the Thursday assembly, instead speaking from the heart, according to the Idaho Freedom Foundation.
Bus driver Dakota Mailloux, who joined the protest on his own time, told the outlet he was fired for his participation.
Lohr was not asked to apologize for the remark nor would he have provided one if asked, he told Fox News Channel host Rachel Campos-Duffy Sunday morning on “Fox & Friends.”
“What I said I believe in, and I stand by it.”
“I wasn’t able to walk at graduation. My offer to work for the forest service was rescinded,” Lohr also said.
Lohr told Campos-Duffy he was slated to start work Sunday, but when he went in to complete the final paperwork, his boss informed him he was rescinding the offer. He described the job as “fighting wildland forest fires.”
“That’s part of life, as I am learning, and I am going to continue to grow from here. I’m not going to dwell on it.”
“I don’t believe I would have been punished at all, personally, if I had said ‘black lives matter,'” Lohr told Campos-Duffy.
“For this to happen over what I said, it’s just controversial … If people speak up like I did … it seems frowned upon. You can be punished for it, obviously, like I’m being punished,” Lohr said.
“It’s reassuring to know that I’m not alone and realize what I did wasn’t wrong,” Lohr said of the outpouring of support from his peers and people in the community.
“Unacceptable!” Idaho state representative Heather Scott (R) tweeted Friday, describing Lohr’s original statement at the assembly as a “scientific fact.”
Despite an earlier announcement from the district saying graduation would be delayed over “safety concerns,” Kellogg High School held its ceremony Saturday morning.
Kellogg School District Superintendent Lance Pearson asked parents and students to keep the time of the ceremony “under wraps,” KHQ reported.
Watch video from the Idaho Tribune below of Kellogg High School students and community members protesting a decision to ban Travis Lohr from walking in the school’s graduation ceremony.
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