NEW CASTLE, Ind. — Tensions over a Day of Silence in support of gay rights led to a lockdown at New Castle Chrysler High School.
Superintendent John Newby would not confirm students’ claims that a student had threatened to take a gun to school Wednesday.
“We didn’t have a specific threat,” Newby said. He did say that a student was disciplined Tuesday for remarks made during a classroom discussion.
Students were taken to the New Castle Fieldhouse while police searched lockers Wednesday morning. No weapons were found. Police used metal detecting wands on students as they returned to class. Extra police officers remained at school throughout the day and access to the building was limited to three entrances.
About 150 of the 1,000 students at school left early, according to figures reported by the principal’s office. About 80 students did not show up for school. School officials said students would not be penalized for the unexcused absences.
The Day of Silence at New Castle Chrysler High School coincided with a national Day of Silence and aimed to support gay, bisexual and transgender students.
“People were in their shirts for it, people were in their shirts against it, and it just caused a lot of drama that I didn’t think was needed,” said student Kayla Boyles.
Tommie Barnes, mother of a freshman, said she also was concerned about potential conflict over today’s planned Day of Truth rebuttal to the Day of Silence. That also coincides with a national observance, this one planned by the Alliance Defense Fund. Its day is devoted to countering the “homosexual agenda” and presenting an “opposing viewpoint from a Christian perspective,” according to the fund’s Web site.
Barnes picked her daughter up at school early Wednesday and planned to keep her home today.
“I don’t want her singled out as a Christian who is against everybody, because she isn’t. She’s a good witness on her own,” Barnes said of her daughter. “We’re a very openly Christian family. I have a family member who is gay.”
Another parent, Ginney Bledsoe, came to pick up her son, a sophomore.
“He’s my son. I was really scared. I was watching CNN. With everything going on at Virginia Tech …. I know my son’s safe with me.”
Good on the kids. At the very least, if the School authorities have any sense, they will stop this gay-sex celebration nonsense…or they will face some real resistance.
It appears these lefty authorities don’t like a taste of their own rebellious medicine…in the opposite direction!
Let them have their Day of Silence. The truth, however, will be spoken.
From their website…
I am speaking the Truth to break the silence. Silence isn’t freedom. It’s a constraint.Truth tolerates open discussion, because the Truth emerges when healthy discourse is allowed.By proclaiming the Truth in love, hurts will be halted, hearts will be healed, and lives will be saved.