Anger erupted after a student group at an Erie, Pennsylvania, high school promoted a "Dress in Drag!" day and a "Lesbian Pride!" day — among other similarly themed days — as part of "Spirit Week" happening April 24 to April 28:
What are the details?
Flyers advertising "Dress in Drag!" day and "Lesbian Pride!" day were posted throughout McDowell High School, Erie News Now reported.
For Thursday's "Dress in Drag!" day, students are encouraged to "be your own drag queen!" and "embrace yourself!" the flyer indicates. For Wednesday's "Lesbian Pride!" day, students are encouraged to "dress in the colors of the lesbian flag!" the flyer adds.
Monday was "Rainbow Day!" during which students were encouraged to "dress in the colors of the rainbow flag!" the flyer says.
The abbreviation for the student group promoting spirit week is "GSA" — and the only club on the high school's website that matches such an abbreviation is the "Gay-Straight Alliance."
Interestingly, the superintendent of Millcreek Township School District — Ian A. Roberts — doesn't make reference to the "Gay-Straight Alliance" in his Tuesday letter answering "concerns" about the flyer. Roberts only notes that the "flyer was created by a student-led organization at our high school called GSA."
Roberts adds in the letter that "participation is only being encouraged by the student group and is solely the choice of our students whether they participate in the student organization's event or not."
Roberts also notes that "students are allowed the freedom of expression as long as such freedoms are not infringing on the rights of other students or creating an unsafe environment at the school. In this instance, we remain committed to ensuring an inclusive learning environment here at Millcreek Township School District, and the GSA students are allowed to enjoy these actives during their planned spirit week."
How are folks reacting?
The individual who posted the above image of the flyer on Facebook asked, "Why are parents not standing up for their children?? This will not stop until parents say enough is enough!"
- "OMFG! Hell to the no....this does NOT belong in school...any school..." another commenter wrote before adding, "my kids would not be going to school that week."
- "This is so wrong! Wrong! Wrong!" another commenter declared. "What is the matter with [the] school district? Where has common sense gone? Why is this happening?"
- "Shame on Millcreek School District for allowing this is our schools," another commenter wrote. "This is not the place, and when the kids are 18 years and out of high school, they can decide if they want to be involved with this stuff.......Stop it in schools!"
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