An estimated 50 students at a
Pennsylvania high school held an “Anti-gay Day” last week.
According to BuzzFeed News, the event
took place on Thursday, a day after McGuffey High School's
Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) held a “Day of Silence” to protest
Students wore flannel shirts, wrote
“anti-gay” on their hands and stuck Bible versus on the lockers
of openly LGBT students.
“People started getting pushed and
notes were left on people's lockers,” Zoe Johnson, a 16-year-old
bisexual student, told BuzzFeed
News. “I got called a dyke, a faggot. They were calling us
every horrible name you can think of.”
“The instigators, the bullies, seemed
to be very proud of their efforts, and posted many smiling pictures
online,” said Kathy Cameron, chair of the board of directors of the
Washington County Gay-Straight Alliance.
Cameron said that a noose was visible
in one classroom and that a “lynch list” of student who had
participated in Wednesday's Day of Silence was circulated.
In a statement released to BuzzFeed
News on Monday, superintendent Erica Kolat said that no witness to
the “lynch list” had come forward and promised a thorough
“On Thursday, April 16, 2015,
allegations of harassment were brought to administrators' attention
following the McGuffey High School Gay-Straight Alliance Club's
observance of GLSEN's 'Day of Silence.' Administration and school
police officers have been investigating all allegations and continue
to do so,” Kolat said.
“At this time, no witnesses have seen
the rumored 'lynch list' that was mentioned in previous news reports.
Additionally, no statements have included physical harassment,”