Students at a Massachusetts middle school showed their opposition to Pride month celebrations by tearing down banners and wearing patriotic clothing, Boston.com reported.
Marshall Simonds Middle School students demonstrated June 2 during LGBTQ student group Spectrum Club’s “Pride spirit-day.” Students tore down signs from the club that read “Happy Pride Month” and some that explained why “it’s not ok to say ‘That’s so gay.’” Students chanted, “USA Are My Pronouns” through the school halls and wore red, white, and blue clothing and face paint. Club members had previously encouraged students to wear LGBT-themed apparel. (RELATED: Watch The Daily Caller’s latest documentary “Groomed”)
School Principal Cari Perchase complained about the student’s behavior in a letter.
“I fully respect that our diverse community has diverse opinions and beliefs. I also respect individuals’ right to express their opinions through clothing choices and freedom of speech,” she said. “When one individual or group of individuals’ beliefs and actions result in the demeaning of another individual or group, it is completely unacceptable.”
Middle School students in Burlington MA standing up against the indoctrination being done is inspiring.
They did what most adults are too afraid to do.
This should be a wake up call to every adult to stand up!
— Advocate Against Education indoctrination (@aaedindoc) June 13, 2023
“I am truly sorry that a day meant for you to celebrate your identity turned into a day of intolerance. Schools are supposed to be a safe place for ALL students and faculty. Some community members’ actions created an unsafe environment for many of our students, caregivers, and faculty.”
To make up for their actions, Perchase said a program should be set up to teach kids about, “tolerance, acceptance, and respect.” She also proposed introducing an anonymous form for students to report any hateful conduct they experience.
Burlington Equity Coalition, a local leftist activist group, released a statement saying that “These displays of intolerance and homophobia are unacceptable and impact the whole community.”
“In addition, we call on school administration to hire a DEI Director for the district, a position which has now been unfilled for almost a year,” the group added.
Supporters of Pride month voiced their concerns with the student’s actions at a school board meeting, saying that “this kind of intolerance starts in the home.” Another called the actions an “intimidation tactic.”
Another parent, Christina Steiner, defended the students, saying they felt coerced to go along with the Pride event. (RELATED: Senator Warns Parents They Need To ‘Flee’ California Over Bill That Would Take Kids From ‘Non-Affirming’ Parents)
“Some of the kids threw the stickers on the ground. I can only speak for my daughter, she just didn’t want to wear that to school. It’s not that she wanted to hurt anyone’s feelings.”