A group of Missouri high school students chased away a group of protesters from the infamous Westboro Baptist Church last week.
Revolution News reports that last Thursday, “the infamous hate mongers from the Westboro Baptist Church were run out of town by high school students and various activists when they tried to protest the election of Landon Patterson, a transgender student, as homecoming queen of Oak Park High School in Gladstone, MO.”
According to Revolution News, “High School students, Church groups, anarchists, antifascists, liberals, LGBTQIA+ activists, and more came together to send the Westboro Church and their message of hate back to Topeka Kansas – and to honor Landon Patterson. The Westboro Baptist Church didn’t even make it to the school.”
The counter-protesters “swooped in” on the picketers from the Westboro Baptist Church, blocking their passage with a huge banner while “other protesters swarmed in from behind” while chanting “Long Live the Queen.”
The members of the Westboro Baptist Church returned to their van within seconds, with the police moving in to protect them, and promptly departed as the crowd cheered.
One of the school organizers, Christina Palermo, told a local news outlet. “This isn’t just about supporting Landon, this is about supporting all our students,” adding “Landon is just their scapegoat. They’re attacking everyone in the LGBT community.”
You can watch a clip of the Westboro Baptist Church being run out of town, followed by an interview with some of the protesters.
Interview with Students from Oak Park High Who Counter Protested the Westboro Baptist Church