Intolerance is still alive in 2015. A group of students at McGuffey High School in Washington County, Pennsylvania displayed their ignorance by organizing an "Anti-Gay Day" at their high school in a response to "Day of Silence," which is a nationally recognized day to call attention to gay and lesbian bullying and harassment in schools.
A Pittsburgh-area school district is investigating allegations of harassment involving students. Several parents and students from McGuffey High School in Washington County contacted Channel 11 News Friday, voicing concern about a so-called “Anti-Gay Day” allegedly organized by some students. via WXPI
Students who participated in the "Anti-Gay" day wore flannel shirts and wrote "Anti-Gay" on their hands.
“It hurts me to see how rude and cruel, and some of these people were my friends before this started,” said Zoe Johnson, a student at McGuffey High School. Yesterday, there was pushing, posters hung on homosexual students’ lockers. Teachers were having to run out and take them down,” said Johnson. via WXPI
Johnson is afraid that the administration is not doing enough to stop this problem and pretending it's not happening will not alleviate the situation.
Below is a statement from Dr. Erica Kolat, the superintendent of McGuffey School District.
“Yesterday afternoon, April 16, 2015, allegations of harassment were brought to the attention of our administration. McGuffey School District, along with school police officers, continue to investigate all allegations. We will follow our Student Code of Conduct, and file legal citations, as warranted. We resolve to ensure that all children can grow and learn in a safe, supportive environment free from discrimination.”
Thursday the students wore flannel, Friday they wore orange and according to WXPI the group have 'another five days worth' of anti-gay attire planned for the week.
Stay tuned for more updates on this situation.