ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-The Kansas church known for protesting at military funerals, will be targeting two local high school Monday morning.
According to the Westboro Baptist Church website, church members returning from demonstrations at the Super Bowl, will protest outside Fort Zumwalt East High School in St. Peters from 6:35 am to 7:25 am and outside Clayton High School from 7:50 am until 8:20 am.
The site says the protests will , “Give children an opportunity to see what truth looks like”.
The site says the protest outside Fort Zumwalt East is being done, “In response to student requests.”
The church calls both schools, “fag-infested” and “pervert-run” and says, “You brutish teachers and hateful parents have broken the moral compass of this generation, teaching rebellion with everything you say and do.” It also says that, “God hates you, Doomed America, for what you have done to your children.”
In Clayton, police will closing Topton Way near Clayton High School at midnight Monday morning, and will set up snow fences and barricades to control the crowds.
Clayton School District spokesman Chris Tennill tells KMOX some students are going to counter the Westboro protestors, “The leaders from our Gay-Straight Alliance, and other student leaders have really worked hard to plan a very peaceful, respectful, counter-protest.” Details about that counter-protest can be found on the school’s website, which can be accessed here.
Tennill says teachers will use the situation as a ‘teachable moment’, “It’s incumbent upon us as educators, one, to make sure our kids and staff are going to be safe, but beyond that we’ve got to look at, ‘what can we learn? What can we use within this experience to teach kids?'”
The demonstration will take place right as students are arriving at school. Tennill says parents should drop students off at the Greyhound entrance, which is away from the protest area. He says only students, staff will be allowed to park on campus.
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