Students ask Wyoming school board to reconsider decision to ban anti-hate signs

A couple weeks ago, we did a post on the actions of a Wyoming school board to ban anti-hate signs because the anti-gay campaign had among its many sponsors a gay group:

In the state made infamous for the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, school board members in one district have forced the removal of signs bearing an anti-hate message. The anti-hate campaign was led by the Anti-Defamation League with sponsorship from a variety of entities. The reason the signs had to be removed? One of sponsors is a gay organization. Not kidding.

A group of high school students went to the school board to ask them to reconsider the decision. But, that hasn’t happened (yet.) This whole issue is disturbing. But, there is a silver lining. It’s good to see that the next generation in Wyoming has a better sense of fairness and equality:

Abbie Gerringer, a senior at Wheatland High School, said there is a strong feeling of disagreement among the student body with the board’s decision.

Sierra Locy, a sophomore at Wheatland High, called the board’s decision hypocritical. Locy said the board made an entire group of young people at the school feel insecure.

Leslie Crossland, a graduate of Wheatland High and parent of a current student, said it is best for students to police themselves.

“They need to have the resources and the education to police themselves,” she said. “They will learn so much better.”

Bruce DeBoskey, regional director for ADL’s mountain states region, said he wants to continue the “No Place for Hate” program at Wheatland schools.

“We really don’t want this to be an open sore in this community,” he said. “This is a good community.”

It’s probably a good community with some out-of-touch leaders, like so many places in America.

And, it sounds like the students are trying have Wyoming live up to its nickname as the “Equality State.”


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