By Caiden Cowger – BarbWire guest contributor
A group of grassroots Christian students at a Pennsylvania high school organized a “Flannel Day,” where students all wore flannel to show their support and unity for opposing the LGBT lifestyle. This event was referred to as “Anti-Gay Day” by the media. The event was created in response to the nationally-observed Day of Silence.
The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and several other liberal mainstream media outlets picked up the story, and have reported many falsehoods about the faith-based demonstration. They claimed that Christian students pushed, bullied and placed anti-gay posters on homosexual student’s lockers. The Advocate, also claimed that along with wearing flannel, students were also supposed to write “anti-gay” on their hands, which if you observe the pictures, it was simply not true and could only be seen on the hand of one student. Cowger Nation exclusively interviewed one of the main students who organized the demonstration, along with a parent of one of the students. They explained what actually occurred during this event, along with what lead up to the counter-demonstration.
On April 17, students from McGuffey High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance participated in the LGBT Day of Silence. LGBT youth activists, plastered professionally-printed posters promoting the day, along with passing out Day of Silence propaganda and held silent demonstrations, attempting to gain support for the homosexual agenda.
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A group of grassroots Christian students began organizing a counter protest, and one of the pupils suggested that the group should wear flannel to show their unity.
“We respected their day,” said one of the Christian organizers. “We wore flannels to represent our beliefs.”
The following day, approximately 50 Christian students arrived at the school dressed in the specified attire. They began writing Bible verses on plain pieces of paper, and then attached them on the walls underneath of the LGBT Day of Awareness posters.
The demonstration was peacefully carried-out; however, the LGBT students were outraged by the counter protest.
Allegedly, Zoe Johnson, a bi-sexual student at McGuffey, began contacting different media outlets, demanding that they cover the story. When they agreed, she began accusing the Christian students of bullying LGBT pupils and members of the GSA.
“We came into school on Thursday and found a lot of people wearing flannel and we couldn’t figure out why,” Johnson told BuzzFeed’s David Mack. “People started getting pushed and notes were left on people’s lockers. …I got called a dyke, a faggot. They were calling us every horrible name you can think of.”
“The lynch list never existed,” said one of the Christian organizers. “[It was a falsehood created by] Zoe; she is the one who started all of it.”
Every liberal outlet that has reported this story, has made these claims of harassment solely based upon the accusations of Johnson. There was not any evidence that Christian students bullied the homosexual students, placed notes on their lockers or created a lynch list.
McGuffey High School released a statement about the demonstration and the inaccurate information being spread by the media. “Again, the rumored lynch list reported in media failed to surface during our school and criminal investigations,” the press release read. “A small group of students, not the hundreds that some reports inflated, exercised their rights as citizens to express their viewpoints. Readers and viewers picked up part of the story from news media, allowed emotion to cloud judgement, and initiated a large-scale campaign against our district, individual students, and individual employees.”
However, Cowger Nation investigated the story, and we found that activists of McGuffey’s LGBT community bullied several of the Christian-student demonstrators.
Zoe Leigh, a lesbian student at McGuffey, posted a snapchat picture on her Tumblr page, that shows two Christian students with male genitalia drawn on one of their faces, along with the message, “anti gay day my a**.”
McGuffey’s anti-bullying policies state the following:
Bullying shall mean an intentional written, verbal or physical act or series of acts directed at another student or students that is severe, persistent or pervasive and has the effect of doing any of the following:
1. Physically harming a student or placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm.
2. Damaging, extorting, or taking a student’s personal property or placing a student in reasonable fear to loss of personal property.
3. Creating an intimidating or hostile environment that substantially interferes with a student’s educational opportunities.
Cyberbullying shall mean an intentional written, verbal, and/or visual electronic communication directed at another student or students that is severe, persistent or pervasive. Examples of cyberbullying include but are not limited to the following:
1. Sending cruel, vicious, and sometimes threatening messages.
2. Creating websites that have stories, pictures, cartoons, and/or jokes ridiculing others (including wiki, blog, social network, and similar website postings).
3. Posting pictures of classmates online and asking classmates to rate them.
4. Breaking into an email account and sending vicious or embarrassing material to others.
McGuffey’s electronic device policy also states:
The board prohibits use of electronic devices by students during the school day in district buildings and on district property.
As a result, other Christian students have been locally harassed and received death threats from LGBT advocates. One of the multiple threats involved two individuals on social media threatening to hide behind the bleachers at McGuffey and assassinate Christian students.
It appears that LGBT students were the actual bullies, and were empowered by the media.
Caiden Cowger is president and founder of Cowger Nation Media Network and Cowger France. Cowger also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Cowger Nation.
First published at CowgerNation
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