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Students at Massachusetts School Revolt Against Gay Pride Celebrations

Students Revolt Against Pride Month Celebrations at Middle School Near Boston

According to school officials, students at a middle school near Boston recently sparked a controversy by rebelling against Pride Month celebrations and destroying rainbow decorations.

The incident began when the school’s Spectrum club, which supports LGBT students, kicked off Pride Month by distributing rainbow stickers, putting up Pride signs, and encouraging their peers to wear rainbow clothing, as reported by the Boston Globe.

However, some students refused to participate and instead tore down the rainbow decorations, donned patriotic colors, and chanted “U.S.A.” as their pronoun. School administrators condemned this display of “intolerance and homophobia,” as stated in a letter to parents.

Computer science teacher Diana Marcus, speaking to BCAT News, revealed that the protesting students had intimidated those participating in the Pride celebration. Marcus noted, “Over the course of the day, you could actually see a reduction in the number of students walking around in rainbow-colored clothing. It was really tough.”

Principal Cari Perchase, a supporter of the gay and transgender community at the school, publicly apologized to the students, expressing her solidarity and support for the LGBTQ community members affected by the events.

Superintendent Eric Conti also addressed the issue, writing in a letter to the community, “We ask all staff, teachers, and members of the Burlington Public School community to join us in taking a stand against homophobia and identity-directed hateful actions.”

A School Committee meeting was subsequently held on June 13 to discuss the clash.

LGBT Activist Calls for Consequences for Rebel Students

Nancy Bonassera, a co-chair of the Burlington Equity Coalition and a parent of one of the students, expressed her dissatisfaction with the student revolt at the town’s select board meeting on June 12.

“On that same day, there was a counter-demonstration in response to what should have been a day to celebrate. Students wore red, white, and blue clothing, chanted ‘my pronouns are USA,’ and destroyed rainbow decorations at the school,” said Bonassera.

She added, “These displays of intolerance and homophobia are unacceptable and impact the whole community.”

Bonassera demanded that school administrators take action and impose consequences on the protesting children, emphasizing the seriousness of the incident.



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