Students organise ‘anti-gay’ protest in Claysville

Sean Weaver

As reported by GPhilly, a group of students from Mcguffey Highschool in Claysville, PA, USA organized an ‘anti-gay’ protest in response to the national LGBT youth supportive National Day of Silence.

In their bid to counter the National Day of Silence the ‘anti-gay’ protesters created discriminatory posters, passed around stickers, and wrote on the lockers of openly LGBT students – some even used biblical messages to pass on messages of hate.

The protestors even decided to coordinate their dress attire. Last Friday, the protestors wore flannel, and have also planned out an entire week of wardrobes to be worn in protests.

One student reached out to GPhilly and stated that the so-called Anti-Gay club ‘[was in] retaliation of the Day of Silence that was set in place to remember people whose lives have ended due to LQBTIA bullying. The “Anti-Gay” club, to begin with, is an obvious sign of bullying and discrimination. These kids need help. We are all people and we all deserve to be treated as such.’

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The school district has been made aware of allegations and Superintendant Dr. Erica Kolat has issued the following statement:

On 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.

It remains to be seen if corrective action will take place and if these students will face any school-related punishments.

About Sean Weaver

Sean Weaver is a blogger, writer, and reader. He is a graduate student at Kutztown University, Pa studying English. Bodies and sexualities are his expertise. He spends his time being somewhat neurotic about the clothes he wears, the books he reads, the endless papers he writes, and his next hair cut. Queer is his middle name.