School Celebrates ‘Pride’ but Suspends Teen over Bible Verses
An Ohio school allows students to hang gay pride flags all over campus but when teen girl, Gabby Helsinger, responds by sharing bible verses she’s slapped with severe punishment. Gabby, was yanked from her class and issued ISS (in school suspension) for sharing encouraging messages from the bible.
According to a document from the administration, Helsinger was accused of “targeting” the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance and exhibiting “abuse of others, disrespect, [and] rudeness” for merely posting the Bible versus. This is the world we live in…
“So, on Thursday when I got to school, I see that there were pride flags, posters around my school,” said Gabby. “And I felt the need to write down some Bible verses so I could put them around my school. And I wrote them down and I put them around [the] lockers, the walls. And I was coming back from lunch, because I got sent back to lunch, and I [saw] the teachers taking them down.”
“The next day, I got called to the office and there is a letter that says that I have an ISS, which is an in-school suspension, and the reason why I have it is because ‘abuse of others, disrespect, rudeness’ because I put Bible verses up ‘targeting the ‘GSA’ (Gay-Straight Alliance] organization,” she continued.
“Seeing that there [were] people in my school that needed help … they don’t need to be living in the confusion of wondering if they should be gay, bi, lesbian, trans, anything like that. And I know that God is the only way that they can be healed by that, and that’s why I did it,” she said, emphasizing that she was in no way maliciously “targeting” the LGBTQ group.
According to The Daily Wire, Gabby said she told her principal that she wanted to “spread the word of God” when pressed about posting the messages and noted that others post things around the school all the time without permission.
“I said, ‘Because I wanted to spread the word of God,'” she explained. “And then he goes, ‘Well, did you have permission?’ And I said, ‘No.’ I didn’t know you had to have permission because people do it a lot — putting Post-It notes on people’s lockers, so I just did it.”
“I asked him why every time Jesus or God or anything like that gets brought up in school, it gets taken down straight away,” she added. “But we can put gay and pride stuff all over the school, and not have to take it down, and people can talk about it. But when you talk about God or Jesus, you just get put down and you’re not allowed to talk about it.”
A caption to the Facebook video says that Lebanon High School “celebrates evil and punishes righteousness!!”
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