John M. Becker

Hundreds of Students Protest Westboro at D.C. School

Filed By John M. Becker | June 10, 2014 6:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living
Tags: counter-protests, high school, kids are all right, LGBT Pride, Pete Cahall, principal, Westboro Baptist Church

dc-principal-cahall-coming-out.jpgYou may recall the story of Pete Cahall (left), the principal at D.C.'s Woodrow Wilson High School who came out of the closet as a gay man last week during a school LGBTQ Pride celebration. As we mentioned here on Bilerico, Westboro Baptist Church -- which was in town to picket the Capital Pride parade -- promised to picket the school's pride day.

But as CBS Baltimore reports, Cahall and his students weren't going to let Westboro's bigotry go unchallenged -- they met them outside and held a peaceful counter-protest.

With Wilson High School principal Pete Cahall leading the charge, hundreds of students and community members rallied around the school.

"We are accepting of LGTB students, we are accepting of our principal, we are coming together to be supportive and I think that's what Tiger Pride is," said one participant.

"I'm here to support my parents because if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be here. I was adopted from Russia so they truly saved me," said one student...

"Education breeds tolerance and hatemongers breed ignorance," said a participant.

More than 2,000 students and teachers and 400 community members took part in yesterday's counter-protest, which lasted about an hour. Westboro was escorted off the premises by police afterwards.

Watch CBS Baltimore's televised report on the protest, after the break.

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