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Newly-Out Gay Principal Leads Thousands in Student Protest of WBC: VIDEO


Wilson High School Principal Pete Cahall, who came out as gay to his students at the D.C. school's annual Pride Day last week, led hundreds in a counterprotest of the Westboro Baptist Church today. The WBC had come to picket the school because of its strong support for LGBT students.

WJZ reports:

More than 2,000 students and teachers took part in the counter-protest.

“Education breeds tolerance and hatemongers breed ignorance,” said a participant.
“When I was in high school, we really didn’t include the LGBT community but these students are insisting that we do that and I just couldn’t be prouder,” said a participant.

“I just couldn’t imagine what happened today in my wildest dreams,” said Cahall.
The rally lasted about an hour. Police escorted members of the Westboro Baptist Church from the area.

Four hundred members of the surrounding community also showed up at the students’ event

Monday outside the school.

Watch WJZ's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Awwww..... :-)

    Posted by: Rowan | Jun 9, 2014 9:43:35 PM

  2. Terrific news!

    Posted by: Grego | Jun 9, 2014 9:48:53 PM

  3. made of #winning

    Posted by: bandanajack | Jun 9, 2014 10:16:57 PM

  4. Reality Trumps Fiction once again!

    And by 'escorted' I certainly hope they meant 'beat them to a bloody pulp!'


    Posted by: Bruce Wayne | Jun 10, 2014 2:49:06 AM

  5. Stop giving Westboro what it wants, which is attention! They relish on being noticed. If we really want them to go away, then don't acknowledge their existence! How hard is it to do that and when will we learn!?!?!

    Posted by: bernard | Jun 10, 2014 3:15:30 AM

  6. he's cute, i'd lick his butt

    Posted by: luke | Jun 10, 2014 4:04:24 AM

  7. I would have hoped that this church would have fallen apart with Phelps to lead it.

    Posted by: Gay Guy | Jun 10, 2014 5:30:08 AM

  8. Bernard if we ignore you will you go away?

    Posted by: Derek | Jun 10, 2014 8:50:33 AM

  9. @Bernard: Normally I'd agree that WBC isn't worthy of protest, which only encourages them. But this wasn't really about WBC--it was about a huge number of young people joining together in favor of gay rights, becoming pro-gay activists on the spot. This energized them. WBC has so little real influence, but in this case they influenced a whole bunch of people to stand up against bigotry, and that is powerful.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 10, 2014 9:29:36 AM

  10. I think a positive counter protest to idiots such as Westboro Church is a perfect response in so many ways and yes, in some ways the publicity given to them is questionable because that is what they want, but if you think about it, their signs and what they say make they look so bad, laughable, sad, pathetic, hateful and stupid

    Posted by: Bernie | Jun 10, 2014 12:36:18 PM

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