From Truth Revolt: Students at a Pennsylvania high school wore Chick-fil-A T-shirts as protest to a LGBT event held at the school, causing offended classmates to chastise them on Twitter. Subsequently, the school issued suspensions, not for the wearers of the shirts surprisingly, but to the fifteen students who used social media, complete with vulgarities, during school hours.
The week-long event was organized with the help of senior Erin Snyder, 18, member of the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance group. According to The Morning Call, students were asked to wear different color shirts each day of the week for the various causes they were supporting, including suicide and disabilities. For the last day of the week, students were encouraged to wear rainbow colored T-shirts in support of LGBT issues.
It was during that morning’s televised announcements that the two boys donning Chick-fil-A attire were spotted. Snyder told The Morning Call that though they said nothing against the club or the LGBT community, she “knew what they were doing.”
One of the girls who was among the students suspended, indicated that at least 15 students were given the same punishment, while others received detention.
TMC published Snyder’s tweets, which was a response to someone who expressed support of one of the students who wore a Chick-fil-A shirt which read, “You’re expressing your feelings … Why can’t he?” Snyder replied, “Being an offensive [expletive] is not expressing your feelings.”
Another student suspended for violating school policy and for using speech the school deemed “threatening” tweeted, “Shout-out to the [expletive] in the Chik-fil-A shirts.”
His mother spoke out against the school, telling TMC, “You want to encourage everyone to be their own person, and for someone to decide it’s OK for those two students to go on a morning show and wear a shirt like that with no repercussions, what is the school saying? That it’s OK?”
Now, the incident has been taken up for investigation by the state’s American Civil Liberties Union, which calls the punishments “pretty harsh.” They will look into whether or not the free speech of the suspended students’ was violated.
Though Snyder used Twitter to shame her peers, she maintained that the event was all about “support and anti-bullying.”
“I think our school is very open for the most part, which is why it’s so upsetting to see something like this happen,” she said. “It’s really disappointing [those two students] felt the need to protest against a day that was supposed to be about support and anti-bullying.”