Massachusetts high school employees covered up a pro-2nd Amendment message students left on the school’s spirit rock, according to a Thursday report.
Groton-Dunstable Regional High School administrators painted over the students’ message consisting of the phrases “Defend the 2nd Amendment,” “shall not be infringed,” and “#NRA,” leaving only an American flag drawn alongside them, according to Blue Lives Matter.
“It gets painted continuously throughout the year,” Groton-Dunstable senior Andrew Wilson said to Blue Lives Matter. “Sometimes it’s for school plays, or sports, town events, or even the National Walkout, for example.”
Wilson and a group of five friends decided to hold off on painting the rock for almost three weeks after National Walkout Day on March 14, to respect the memory of the Parkland victims. (RELATED: Students Across America Walking Out Of Class For The Parkland One-Month Anniversary)
“People are associating guns with people having bad ideas,” Wilson explained. “There’s talk of repealing the Second Amendment — you can’t just go attack something like that.”
Wilson and his friends painted their pro-2nd Amendment message Monday night but returned to school Tuesday morning to find “Defend the 2nd Amendment,” “shall not be infringed,” and “#NRA” painted over with only the American flag remaining.
The school intended the rock to accommodate school spirit, not political views, Groton-Dunstable Assistant Principal Rick Arena told the students.
“[Arena] said if we had written ‘protect the First Amendment,’ they probably would have done the same thing,” one student remembered the assistant principal having said, according to Wilson. “He said they might have let it slide, but the #NRA kind of pushed it over the edge.”
Principal Michael Woodlock repeated the school’s distinction between politics and school spirit to Blue Lives Matter, claiming the school participated in the National Walkout Day to honor the Parkland students, “who went through a horrific event,” and not to embrace a political side.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Groton-Dunstable’s principal, as well as its superintendent, for further comment but received none in time for press.
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