Students chanting “Long live the Queen” could be heard down the streets of Kansas City as they chased the Westboro Baptist Church out of town. The church won’t be returning anytime soon reports The Independent.
They have been in the headlines and causing a raucous the last few years for their anti-gay ‘God Hates Fags’ protests but they didn’t expect to be protested themselves this time.
The reason they decided they needed to protest outside Oak Park High School was because recently the school announced its homecoming queen and as it turns out, that queen happens to be Landon Patterson, a transgender student, the first transgender homecoming queen ever to be crowned.
“We’re LIVE from Oak Park High School, where they pimp tranny perversion!” Westboro says in a tweet about their protest outside the school.
But students at the school weren’t happy about the protest and decided to take action. Hundreds of students poured out of the school, carrying their own signs and banners and staged a counter-protest while chasing Westboro out of town and supporting Patterson in the process.
Speaking with the local public radio station, KCUR, one of the organizers of the counter-protest, Christina Palermo described how their actions were meant to benefit not just one student but the entire student body.
She said: “Landon is just their scapegoat. They’re attacking everyone in the LGBT community.”
Becca Taylor shared the event on Facebook calling Westboro a ‘hate group who call themselves a church.’ She said, “They thought they could come to our school and tell our children something. Oh no, not today. I stood in the face of the devil herself, Shirley Phelps-Roper, and chanted, ‘Long live the queen!’ in support of Landon Patterson and listened as the crowd behind me followed.”
And, though the students certainly got their message across Westboro is still on their rampage against the gay community saying they were extremely disappointed with the students’ reactions and blamed their parents for not teaching them better.
However, it’s clear to us that their parents have taught them very well. They show acceptance of one another rather than bullying each other. They show initiative and the ability to stand up for what they believe in. They show that they understand there is strength in numbers and were able to make a stand against an attack on one of their classmates. The parents of each student involved should be proud of the man or woman their child is becoming.