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Anti-LGBT fliers posted at Mebane high school without school's knowledge, district says

Posted May 31

— Anti-LGBT fliers were hung at a Mebane high school over the weekend without the school's knowledge, according to district officials.

Jenny Faulkner, a spokeswoman for Alamance-Burlington schools, said in an email that the fliers that said "Supporting LGBT 'rights' is supporting sin" were put up without first being submitted to Eastern Alamance High School officials, which is protocol for posting anything on campus.

The flier went on to read, "Remember what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah, this is the price for sin. Genesis chapter 19."

Anti-LGBT fliers posted at Mebane high school without school's knowledge, district says

Faulkner said if the person who put them up had submitted them to the school, they would have been denied.

"The protocol for posting any items on campus requires that the requestor first present the item to school administration for approval before permission is granted or denied," Faulkner said in an email. "A piece of this nature would not have been granted permission if presented. Permission was neither sought, nor given,for these items to be posted."

Faulkner said the fliers were removed before class began on Tuesday morning, and the district is investigating where the fliers came from.

"I saw the picture and I was just furious so I called the school," a student's parent said. "The only response I was getting was that it was freedom of speech. And there was really nothing that he could do about it."

She said she talked to the sophomore principal.

"He just said he understood, over and over. And I don’t think he understood. And I just kept trying to get my point across that this was not freedom of speech. This was more of hate speech"

The school system said the fliers were taken down by administrators before school Tuesday. But multiple students and parents claim students took them down themselves.

The parent also said a male student arrived at school Wednesday with a copy of the flyer hanging around his neck.

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  • Andrew Stephenson Jun 1, 8:59 a.m.
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    I'd really love to see an argument against the LGBT community that doesn't somehow connect back to the Bible.

  • Edwin Walls May 31, 11:10 p.m.
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    If the flyer were posted without following the proper protocol outlined by the school then I'm sure it would be removed as well.

  • William Sherman May 31, 10:36 p.m.
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    Just a reminder that regardless of the laws passed, the eloquent speeches voicing approval of the LGBTX philosophy and life style, there will be people who will not accept that philosophy or lifestyle, and who will voice their opposition. What is going to be the governments response to that>??

  • Amanda Hill May 31, 6:31 p.m.
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    Freedom of speech is curbed in schools. See supreme court ruling:
    conduct that "materially disrupts classwork or involves substantial disorder or invasion of the rights of others is, of course, not immunized by the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech."

    school officials would have the right to censor material that is "ungrammatical, poorly written, inadequately researched, biased or prejudiced, vulgar or profane, or unsuitable for immature audiences, or inconsistent with shared values of a civilized social order."

  • Norman Lewis May 31, 4:55 p.m.
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    I thought everyone understood the situation. With the Liberals in charge of the education system, freedom of speech only applies unless you "offend" someone. I find some of "Rev" Barber's comments offensive but I wouldn't try to censor him. Someone, somewhere, will offended by everything that is said or done. You cannot live and express yourself without at some time, bothering someone else's sensibilities. This sign expresses a Christian perspective on a topic. I guarantee if someone posted a flyer promoting the Communist viewpoint or the Socialist viewpoint, it would be welcomed as showing acceptance of diversity.

  • Edwin Walls May 31, 4:23 p.m.
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    Of course it does. You are exercising it right now. When is the last time someone was arrested for quoting a Bible verse? Freedom of speech means the government won't prosecute you for speech. It does not mean you don't have to follow the rules of an institution and it does not mean freedom from all consequences.

  • Karen Hahn May 31, 2:36 p.m.
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    Matthew 5:44
    But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

    John 15:12
    This is My commandment, that you love one another as I loved you.

    John 15:17
    This is My command to you: Love one another.

  • Ralph Savary May 31, 11:13 a.m.
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    Wrong. Had these flyers been denouncing Christianity the end result would have been the same.

  • Carl Keehn May 31, 11:11 a.m.
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    You're being allowed to speak your belief, aren't you? First Amendment rights are not equally as strong in a school setting as they would be in the outside world.

    Should the fliers be handed out on the sidewalk and off school property, there would have been no issue.

  • Wayne Hill May 31, 10:54 a.m.
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    Freedom of Speech does not extend to Conservatives or Christians. The media, the left, and the Washington establishment has made that abundantly clear. Just make your votes and purchases a rebellion against the media, left and the Washington establishment.