Two Allentown, Pennsylvania students attending Bangor Area High School decided to wear t-shirts bearing the Chick-fil-A logo as a means of protesting their Gay-Straight Alliance’s pro-LGBT demonstration. The GSA’s week-long event encouraged students to show their support for a wide spectrum of minorities by donning differently colored shirts. It’s thought that the Chick-fil-A wearing students were using their shirts to echo the social views of the company’s conservative CEO Dan Cathy.
While the pride week appears to have been a general success, some students, interpreting the Chick-fil-A shirts as a slight, took to Twitter, calling out their classmates for their perceived homophobia. While the students-cum-watchdogs intentions may have been pure, their actions were not well received by school administrators. Fifteen of the students have since been suspended with even more receiving detention. The students were told they were being punished for tweeting during school hours, as well as due to the fact that some of their tweets contained obscenities and were seen as threatening.
"Shout-out to the [expletive] in the Chick-fil-A shirts," read one suspended student's tweet after seeing the two students on his homeroom's television last Friday morning.
"I wouldn't be upset if they did it on a different day, but it was a day to not discriminate against LGBT students, and that's what they were trying to do," Jeff Vanderpool, a Bangor Area student, explained to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
According to the two Chick-fil-A supporters, the online barrage lasted well into the weekend. Neither of the two boys wearing the shirts were reprimanded. The ACUL of Pennsylvania is investigating the situation and called the suspensions a "pretty harsh punishment."