The protest happened Monday morning.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Nate Birt
Monday, February 6, 2012
A handful of Westboro Baptist Church members staged a short protest Monday morning at Clayton High School. It targeted the school's Gay Straight Alliance (GSA). Hundreds of counter-protestors turned out to wave signs bearing messages such as "Support gay rights" and "You are beautiful no matter what they say." They also chanted We Shall Not Be Moved, made T-shirts and gave interviews to St. Louis-area TV stations. The gathering began before 7:30 a.m. and began to dissipate at 8:15 when Westboro representatives ended their protest. Among attendees: Dr. Louise Losos, principal of CHS, and David Hoffman, the faculty sponsor for the GSA. Have photos from Monday's Westboro protest? Upload them to Patch by clicking the button on this page.
David Hoffman serves as faculty sponsor for the organization, which has been working for more than a decade.
For more than a decade, the Gay Straight Alliance at Clayton High School has been working to educate the student body and faculty on the importance of tolerance in the realm of sexual orientation. David Hoffman, an educational technologist for the high school, has worked as a faculty sponsor for the organization for four years. “It’s a cause I’m interested in," he said. "There’s a lot of things that go on, bullying and that sort of thing. I see the word 'fag' used and thrown around. At some time, there might not be a need for a group like this, but at this point, it’s a place for some kids to go and feel safe.” The Gay Straight Alliance promotes awareness of gay and lesbian issues for students at Clayton High School. It originated in the …