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High school students squash Westboro anti gay protest

Posted by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 12:21 PM
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http://www.lbpost.com/ryan/8485

This is right down the street from me and I am so damn proud of these kids!!!!!

 

Long Beach Wilson High Students Drown Out Anti-Gay Protestors
by Ryan ZumMallen | Long Beach News | 02.19.10 |
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Google Earth | Location of Wilson High School protests. Double-click video for larger view.

Thousands of Wilson High students staged a peaceful rally against a handful of anti-gay protestors outside their campus this afternoon.

Demonstrators from the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas planned to stage an anti-gay demonstration outside the campus but were drowned out by the peaceful but spirited cries from students that spilled into the streets under police supervision.

"They wanted to make the school proud," said Wilson High co-principal Sandy Blazer. "It was a nice, peaceful day considering we had 4,500 kids out here. I knew they would protest hate in a respectful way."

LBUSD Superintendent Chris Steinhauser was also on hand.

"The kids and others that came did a great job of passive resistance," he said. "It was a great day where Long Beach came out to say that hatred is not in the heart of this community."

We'll have much more to come, and if you've got photos of your own, feel free to send them to ryan@lbpost.com!

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Councilmember Robert Garcia waves goodbye to Westboro Baptist Church protestors as they drive away from Wilson High School with students chanting "Long Beach!" around them.
















Photo submitted by Ron Sylvester. View the rest of his photos here.


Photo submitted by Ron Sylvester. View the rest of his photos here.


Photo submitted by Valerie Kelly from an earlier protest at Redondo & Willow.


Photo submitted by Valerie Kelly from an earlier protest at Redondo & Willow.


Photo submitted by Valerie Kelly from an earlier protest at Redondo & Willow.


Photo submitted by j mello


Photo submitted by j mello


Photo submitted by Wilson High sophomore Nick Koreivo



Photo submitted by Wilson High sophomore Nick Koreivo


Photo submitted by Wilson High sophomore Nick Koreivo






Photo submitted by Annie Parkhurst (with yellow sign)

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trippyhippy
by Platinum Member on Feb. 20, 2010 at 12:27 PM

For those of you that don't know Long Beach has a very high percetage of gays people.  That is why WBC chose there to protest.  But LB  loves and protects their gay community.

Talee
by Gold Member on Feb. 20, 2010 at 12:29 PM

 Trippy....this is Long Beach CA????

HOW THE HELL DID THEY EVEN MAKE IT THERE LOLOLOL

heathersarge
by Member on Feb. 20, 2010 at 12:30 PM

If my children attended that school, I would be so proud of what they have done.  :)

trippyhippy
by Platinum Member on Feb. 20, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Yup, they travel all year long doing protests around the country.  I think they are lucky they left with their lives.  Remember LB is half gay, but the other half is gangbangers and they live in harmony with the gays. 

Quoting Talee:

 Trippy....this is Long Beach CA????

HOW THE HELL DID THEY EVEN MAKE IT THERE LOLOLOL


kanalee
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Sweet!

jaxTheMom
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 12:36 PM

I'd be SO proud of my kid!

Love their signs, too. 

Talee
by Gold Member on Feb. 20, 2010 at 12:36 PM

 

Quoting trippyhippy:

Yup, they travel all year long doing protests around the country.  I think they are lucky they left with their lives.  Remember LB is half gay, but the other half is gangbangers and they live in harmony with the gays. 

Quoting Talee:

 Trippy....this is Long Beach CA????

HOW THE HELL DID THEY EVEN MAKE IT THERE LOLOLOL

 

I grew up in Orange...

These people need to spend their money and their donated money on things that actually matter....like the war or something that is truly affecting the population....good grief.

Pure stupidity for even BOTHERING Long Beach....wtf....

Maybe they are attention whores....

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Talee
by Gold Member on Feb. 20, 2010 at 12:38 PM

 There is nothing "godly" I find with this group....nothing at all.... and I am a Christian....err maybe its best to say follower of Christ these days...

trippyhippy
by Platinum Member on Feb. 20, 2010 at 12:42 PM

My husband works in Orange.  We live in HB.

Quoting Talee:

 

Quoting trippyhippy:

Yup, they travel all year long doing protests around the country.  I think they are lucky they left with their lives.  Remember LB is half gay, but the other half is gangbangers and they live in harmony with the gays. 

Quoting Talee:

 Trippy....this is Long Beach CA????

HOW THE HELL DID THEY EVEN MAKE IT THERE LOLOLOL

 

I grew up in Orange...

These people need to spend their money and their donated money on things that actually matter....like the war or something that is truly affecting the population....good grief.

Pure stupidity for even BOTHERING Long Beach....wtf....

Maybe they are attention whores....


Talee
by Gold Member on Feb. 20, 2010 at 12:46 PM

 

Quoting trippyhippy:

My husband works in Orange.  We live in HB.

Quoting Talee:

 

Quoting trippyhippy:

Yup, they travel all year long doing protests around the country.  I think they are lucky they left with their lives.  Remember LB is half gay, but the other half is gangbangers and they live in harmony with the gays. 

Quoting Talee:

 Trippy....this is Long Beach CA????

HOW THE HELL DID THEY EVEN MAKE IT THERE LOLOLOL

 

I grew up in Orange...

These people need to spend their money and their donated money on things that actually matter....like the war or something that is truly affecting the population....good grief.

Pure stupidity for even BOTHERING Long Beach....wtf....

Maybe they are attention whores....

 

 Nice... I miss it there...but its changed so much since I was there...I moved to Phoenix in 97....

My sis still lives there and I have a lot of old friends there still...

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