Several students from McGuffey High School organized a so-called “Antigay Day” in response to the observance of last week’s nationally recognized “Day of Silence,” which is intended to raise awareness to the LGBT bullying and harassment happening in schools.
The baby bigots plastered posters around the hallways and on the lockers of gay students encouraging others to wear flannel shirts and write “Anti-Gay” on their hands. An alleged “lynch list” was also distributed among students.
“There was pushing, posters hung on homosexual students’ locker,” Zoe Johnson, a student at McGuffey High School, told WPXI. “Teachers were having to run out and take them down.”
Dr. Erica Kolat, the superintendent of McGuffey School District, released the following statement downplaying the controversy:
“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.”
But that didn’t ease the concerns of several students who said they were now afraid to go to class.
“It hurts me to see how rude and cruel,” Johnson said, “and some of these people were my friends before this started.”
So far there has been no word on whether or not the students responsible for coordinating “Antigay Gay” have been reprimanded for their actions.