A Southern California high school that last month allowed students to wear anti-gay hate stickers has backtracked on the decision, asking that the symbols be removed while on campus.
Shadow Hills High School administrators had previously announced they were unable to do anything about the stickers which featured a rainbow pattern crossed out with a circle and a line.
However, according to a statement from the Desert Sands Unified School District, students have been asked to stop wearing the stickers “for now” until “a proper course of action” can be determined.
Following the original decision to allow the stickers, Michelle Bachman, a senior and vice president of the Gay Straight Alliance, said “the group of students was publicly displaying an intolerance and hate for the LGBT community when a large portion of our students at SHHS are part of the community or close to people a part of it as well.”
Although the school district did not specify the repercussions for students who failed to comply, officials said on Tuesday that the “dozen or fewer” involved has already removed the symbols.
Supt. Gary Rutherford said freedom of expression is protected in the district but added that harassment or bullying “of any kind” is not tolerated.
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