Student Suspended for ‘Targeting’ LGBT Through Bible Verses

Gabby Helsinger of Lebanon High School in Ohio used sticky notes to display Bible verses on school lockers and walls in response to LGBT pride posters and flags. The next day, she was called into the principal’s office and given an in-school suspension for “abuse of others,” “disrespect,” and “rudeness” in targeting the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), an organization she had never heard of.

The Bible-believing Helsinger said her efforts were simply a response to the confusion of her peers: “They don’t need to be living in the confusion of wondering if they should be gay, bi, lesbian, trans—anything like that,” she says. “And I know that God is the only way they can be healed by [sic] that. That’s why I did it. I was not targeting any organization.”

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