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Westboro Baptist, counter-protestors gather outside DC high school

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UPDATE - 6/09/13 - 9:30 a.m. | WASHINGTON – A small group of Westboro Baptist Church members gathered Monday near a D.C. school to protest the school’s stance on homosexuality.

A group of about twelve people gathered along Nebraska Avenue near Woodrow Wilson High School Monday around 8 a.m.

Hundreds of students, parents, and councilmembers gathered in counter-protest near the school. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and school principal Peter Cahall were also there. The 50-year-old Cahall recently came out as a gay man during the school's pride day.

Members of the Westboro group remained quiet during the protest. The stood silently, holding their protest signs. FOX 5 News Morning did learn from one of the demonstrators that the group did not plan on engaging the counter-protest. The also revealed that they believed the school was sending the wrong message in supporting homosexuality.

The protest appeared to be winding down around 9:30 a.m.


UPDATE - 7:30 a.m. - 6/09/14 | WASHINGTON - A D.C. high school could see a clash of beliefs over LGBT rights Monday when students hold a counter-protest during a demonstration by a group notorious for their anti-gay beliefs.

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church will be out in force at Woodrow Wilson High School. The group claims the school is promoting homosexuality.

The protest comes just days after the school's 50-year-old principal came out as a gay man during the school's pride day.

The protest and counter-protest are set to begin at 8 a.m.


Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest at Wilson High School Monday after the school held a Pride Day and the Principal came out as gay. Students and community members plan to fight back, in a peaceful way.

The rainbow flags and banners from DC Pride aren’t even put away yet, and the city is already preparing for an that’s exactly the opposite. Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest at Wilson High School Monday morning. over LGBT issues.

“That high school is practically begging for it. They’re nationally known, or certainly locally known, for pushing this homosexual agenda. What the bible calls an abomination,” said Fred Phelps Jr., a member of Westboro Baptist.

On Wednesday, Wilson High’s 50-year-old principal came out came out as gay during the school's Pride Day. Westboro says they’d planned the protest even the before the principal’s announcement, but his choice to come out reinforced their decision.

“This is a high school, they’re supposed to be teaching these kids education. Not how to be a homosexual,” said Phelps Jr.

People we spoke to around DC say they don’t support Westboros plan to protest. Even Mayor Vincent Gray was outspoken regarding his thoughts on Westboro, “In my best biblical reference, they can go straight to hell,” said Gray.

But students plan to fight back, in a peaceful way. They've organized a counter protest and plan to gather with parents, school officials and community members to stand up to Westboro Baptist.

“Really they’re trying to encourage other students, and other people in general, just to come out and show unity as a whole. But also to celebrate the diversity, Wilson is one of the most diverse schools in the city,” said Chris Obermeyer, a Biology Teacher a t Wilson.

Wilson High expects hundreds to show up for their counter protest, that’s all happening at 8 am Monday.

They school wants to emphasize this is peaceful protest, they don’t want people engaging or arguing with members of Westboro Baptist.


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