Auburn High School high school, in Alabama, has become a recent flashpoint of controversy over the presence of a LGBT Pride flag placed in classrooms. Parents and students both are demanding that a liberal teacher remove the flag, declaring that, “it is unprofessional and distracting for a teacher to be so openly displaying their political views in an unbiased and socially neutral public setting.”
The Blaze reports, “The rainbow pride flag makes it ‘uncomfortable’ for students who are not ‘openly supporting the LGBTQ+ community in a public school where students come from diverse political and religious backgrounds.’”
A Change.org petition has been started to demand that the principal order the removal of the offensive flag – and compares the situation to one where a teacher hung “a Confederate, Christian, or Heterosexual Flag in their classroom,” noting the sure “uproar and chaos” that such a thing would cause.
However, allies of the Gay Agenda responded with a counter-petition, demanding the flag be kept up. They angrily declare, “the flag represents this safe space, and frankly, the sentiment for removing the pride flag is an affront to the work that has been done nationally to fight for recognition of the community.”
Daisy Griffin, mother of a pro LGBT student recounted that, “Just yesterday, my daughter, who is at Auburn High School, was telling me how she had seen the flag and how excited she was,” and that, she joined the Educate Club and other clubs. I was very happy, very pleased that Auburn High School was creating these safe spaces and allowing for representation.”
Brandon Sinniger, the ringleader of the LGBT effort to keep the divisive and inappropriate flag displayed noted smugly that, “Obviously, the administration and my community have sent a pretty clear message that the flag is going to stay exactly where it is.” And declared, “the flag is going to stay up, and I’m glad that it is.”
“As of Friday afternoon, the petition against the flag has pulled in 1,166 signers while the counter petition has attracted 6,871 signers,” indicated The Blaze.
Dr. Karen DeLano, superintendent of the Auburn school system issued a statement on behalf of the school highlighting that the school is well aware of the petitions.
“In our country today, people are often seen addressing their objections through violence and hate,” DeLano stated.
And added, “It is my sincere desire to assist our students in learning to address their opinions and their values in a calm and respectful manner.”
What is an LGBT flag even doing in a High School? Where will they fly it next, over an elementary school? Over a Kindergarten?