MAPLEWOOD, Mo. (KMOX) – Maplewood Richmond Heights High School theatre’s production of “The Laramie Project” got a little extra attention, Saturday afternoon.

Six members representing the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church came to town to protest the story of gay Wyoming college student Mathew Shepard’s life and death.

Meanwhile, dozens turned out for a counter-rally on school property, including an MRH student named Kat, “There’s a lot of people here with a lot of signs, all banding together. No arguments. It’s really nice here.”

They wore rainbow colors and held signs with a common theme.

“The message is always love, tolerance, and peace. No matter what, you’re a good person, regardless of what your sexual orientation is, as long as you love everyone and treat people with respect, ” said Anisa, who came from neighboring Brentwood High School to show support.

A KMOX reporter tried to get a comment from the Westboro demonstrators, but was denied access by  Maplewood police — who didn’t allow anyone to approach the group.

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