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‘Anti-Gay Day’ in high school is disgusting, terrifying

ShelbyColumnHeadCOLORIn case you didn’t hear, this year’s national Day of Silence was held on April 17.

During the Day of Silence, participants take a vow of silence to spread awareness of bullying and harassment directed toward members of the LGBT community.

On April 16, a group of high school students in McGuffey High School in Pennsylvania decided to protest Day of Silence by organizing “Anti-Gay Day.”

According to the Huffington Post, these mostly male students wore plaid shirts, wrote “anti-gay” on their hands and put Bible verses on the lockers of students who identify with the LGBT community. The group even went as far as to physically shove students, along with calling them all sorts of derogatory slurs.

As if that was not awful enough, a “lynch list” filled with students’ names was reported to have circulated around school.

Words cannot describe how horrendous this is.

As much as it saddens me, I know there are many homophobic people in the world. Those people can sometimes be physically or emotionally violent, or both, toward people in the LGBT community.

However, it really breaks my heart to see children in high school filled with enough hate that they feel the need to organize a movement designed to attack innocent people calling for justice.

To me, it does not matter if people disagree with other people’s ways of life, as long as everyone is civil and humane with one another.

If people let other people live their lives the way that makes them happy, then everyone would simply be much better off.

There is never a justifiable reason for calling someone a derogatory name or physically assaulting them.

Never.

I sincerely hope the students who organized this hateful movement see some sort of punishment and never go into politics.

To read the Huffington Post article, visit www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/20/mcguffey-school-anti-gay-day-_n_7101046.html

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