High Schoolers Celebrate “Anti-Gay Day” With Matching Outfits
This past Wednesday, members of the Gay Student Union at a Pittsburgh-area high school participated in the National Day of Silence, meant to call attention to the bullying and harassment many LGBT kids are subjected to.
The next day, some of their classmates decided to double down on that bullying and harassment, and organized an “Anti-Gay Day” complete with matching outfits. The students participating all sported flannel T-shirts and wrote “Anti-Gay” on their hands. Then, on Friday they all wore orange, and apparently they have coordinated outfits planed for all of this week, because they are apparently just going to be the Homophobic Supremes from now on or something.
To accessorize their matching outfits, the students participating also apparently went around shoving LGBT students and posting homophobic posters on their lockers.
Shockingly, some of their fellow students were not so pleased with this.
Via WPXI-TV Pittsburgh:
“It hurts me to see how rude and cruel, and some of these people were my friends before this started,” said Zoe Johnson, a student at McGuffey High School.
The students allegedly organized the “Anti-Gay Day” in response to the observance of the nationally recognized “Day of Silence,” where attention is called to gay and lesbian bullying and harassment in schools.
“Yesterday, there was pushing, posters hung on homosexual students’ lockers. Teachers were having to run out and take them down,” said Johnson.
Johnson took to Facebook, writing, “This is why so many students hate going to school.” She also spoke out at Thursday night’s school board meeting, saying that administrators need to do something.
“They made an announcement this morning, saying the only colors are blue and gold, but I feel like that is not getting the point across. Just to ignore it isn’t going to work,” said Johnson.
I believe bigots have every right to out themselves. Quite frankly, I almost appreciate it, because I like being able to make informed decisions regarding whom I’m going to interact with. If I were able to find one, I would absolutely post a picture of these students without their faces blurred–because hey! If they’re so loud and proud about their bigotry they should have no problem going totally public with this, so we can all see who there are and what they stand for. If they think what they are doing is as harmless as, say, being in Chess Club, then they should go public and show their faces, and tell us all what their names are. Perhaps they could even put this extracurricular activity on their college applications!
However, what they do not have the right to do is put their hands on anybody else, touch their things or harass them. They also don’t really have the right to do perform these actions during school hours without any kind of permission from the faculty. Why? Because they do not have the right to intimidate other students or disrupt their learning process.
Several students have since told faculty that they are afraid to go to school, which is perfectly understandable given the circumstances.
The school superintendent issued a statement:
“Yesterday afternoon, April 16, 2015, allegations of harassment were brought to the attention of our administration. McGuffey School District, along with school police officers, continue to investigate all allegations. We will follow our Student Code of Conduct, and file legal citations, as warranted. We resolve to ensure that all children can grow and learn in a safe, supportive environment free from discrimination.”
Well, let’s hope so.