A 16-year-old student at Jasper High in Indiana has admitted to putting up posters around the school that advertised ‘straight pride’ as a way of sending a message to the LGBT+ community.
The posters read: “Celebrate being straight at JHS by not annoying the heck out of everyone about your sexual orientation! We are taking back the rainbow.”
“It is easy! Just come to the JHS, then you go about your day without telling everyone about how different and special you are!
“Brought to you by all the students that are sick of hearing about your LGBT pride. Nobody cares about what you think you are.
“If you want equality, stop shoving your ideas down our throats! We have nothing against your sexual orientation. We just don’t care!”
The unidentified student has since sent a letter to the Dubois County Herald to describing their motives, saying that they were only trying to explain that “equality is not effectively found in granting special privileges to minorities by differentiating them from our great society”.
Following the discovery of the fliers, students at the high school organised a gathering where over 40 students used rainbow chalk to spread messages of love around the school’s main entrance.
“(After) the incident on Friday, there was kind of a negative, sombre feeling in the school,” event organiser Sydney Traylor told the Herald.
“I thought, what better way to spread positivity and bring joy than to start the week off right with something that people can do.”
The school took down the fliers immediately with Superintendent Tracy Lorey telling the Washington Times: “The world is full of unique individuals (regardless of) race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. That’s the world, and it’s our job to prepare students to function within that world and to have respect for others.”