A Pennsylvania high school was having an awareness week for different social issues. On the day students were supposed to wear rainbow shirts in support of the LGBT crowd, some showed up in Chick-fil-A shits and suspensions followed, but you’ll probably be surprised at who was punished.
It was on the final day of the week that Bangor Area High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance organized students to wear rainbow-themed shirts to school to draw attention to homosexual issues, the Morning Call reported. But during the televised morning announcements, two students appeared on screen in shirts bearing the Chick-fil-A name, which is a no-no in progressive land.
Despite the fact that the two boys didn’t say a word about LGBT day, serious backlash followed as their fellow students took to Twitter to publicly shame them for daring to show their beliefs. As we all know, the Christian-based company is a strong supporter of traditional marriage, and its owner, Dan Cathy, has on numerous occasions espoused his beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman, which is in line with Judeo-Christian ideology but strongly opposed by the progressive agenda.
Some of the students who saw the shirts became angry, and they posted their messages during school hours on Friday. The bullying lasted through the weekend. Well, Monday came, and students were called to the principal’s office and suspended over the incident, but imagine the surprise on the students’ faces who were suspended.
No, it wasn’t the students who wore the Chick-fil-A shirts, since they had done nothing wrong other than step out of line with the progressive agenda. It was the students who relentlessly bullied them for wearing the shirts. Imagine that? A sensible decision happened at a school.
One of the students suspended was 18-year-old Erin Snyder, who was shocked at the school’s decision. She told the Morning Call that about 15 students in total were suspended for tweeting during school hours and because some of them contained obscenities, hers included.
When one of the students tweeted in support of the boys who wore the shirts, she replied and called the boys an obscene name.
“You’re expressing your feelings … Why can’t he?” the student posted. Snyder bit back: “Being an offensive [expletive] is not expressing your feelings.”
Another student suspended was 16-year-old Jeff Vanderpool, who also called the boys an obscene name.
“Shout-out to the [expletive] in the Chik-fil-A (sic) shirts,” he tweeted, which the school deemed threatening.
The outrage over the shirts wasn’t just limited to the students. Vanderpool’s mother, Pam, was mad at the school for punishing her precious baby boy and not the two boys who wore the shirts.
“You want to encourage everyone to be their own person,” she told the paper, “and for someone to decide it’s OK for those two students to go on a morning show and wear a shirt like that with no repercussions, what is the school saying? That it’s OK?”
Yes, lady, it is. Ever hear of the First Amendment? They didn’t do anything wrong other than express their beliefs, and they did it silently, maybe you should give it a try.
But I digress. The incident is so far-reaching that now the ACLU is investigating to see if the students who were suspended had their free speech rights violated, despite the fact that using social media during school hours is generally prohibited. More specifically, at this particular school electronics are allowed, but they must be switched off during regular school hours.
There’s so much hypocrisy happening in this story it’s not even funny. Yes, the day was supposed to be about LGBT issues and how they’re bullied, and yada yada, but how did the students show they were upset that other students don’t believe in gay marriage? By bullying, of course, which makes perfect sense. You can’t demand people be tolerant of your beliefs then turn around and try to bully them into submission when they say they believe differently. That’s not how it works, and doing so is setting a double standard.
Personally, I’m glad the school took the action it did. For once, it appears as if the right call was made. Hopefully this keeps up, and sense is returned to the places which educate our children.
Honestly, such a day doesn’t even belong in our schools since it lacks any educational value and could be in direct opposition to the beliefs of some of the families. After all, we don’t ever hear about straight white Christian awareness day, do we? That’s what I thought.