A teen girl in Ohio was suspended because she posted a Bible verse on a school wall after the school allowed a gay pride display to be erected. School officials blamed her for “targeting” gay students by daring to post the Bible verse.
High schooler Gabby Helsinger was suspended last week at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Ohio, for posting the verse, Yahoo News reported.
In a video posted to Facebook, the religious teen accused the school of punishing the wrong people. “Lebanon schools celebrates [sic] evil and punishes righteousness!!”” she said.
“On Thursday when I got to school, I see that there were pride flags, posters around my school,” Helsinger explained in the video. “And I felt the need to write down some Bible verses so I could put them around my school. And I wrote them down and I put them around the lockers, the walls.”
The teen said that later that morning she saw teachers removing the Bible verses. And then she was confronted by administrators.
“The next day, I got called to the office and there is a letter that says that I have an ISS, which is an in-school suspension, and the reason why I have it is because ‘abuse of others, disrespect, rudeness’ because I put Bible verses up ‘targeting the GSA organization.’ I did not know what the GSA organization was or meant,” Helsinger said.
The girl said that she hoped to help confused people and had “seen that there [were] people in my school that needed help… They don’t need to be living in the confusion of wondering if they should be gay, bi, lesbian, trans — anything like that. And I know that God is the only way that they can be healed by that, and that’s why I did it. I was not targeting any kind of organization.”
Helsinger added that the school principal asked her why she posted the Bible verses and she told them, “Because I wanted to spread the word of God.”
But the principal asked if she got permission for the notes.
“I said, ‘No.’ I didn’t know you had to have permission because people do it a lot — putting Post-It notes on people’s lockers, so I just did it,” she said.
The girl says she asked the principal why anything Christian is immediately removed while gay pride stuff can be posted anywhere at any time.
The school’s principal said that Helsinger broke the school’s “code of conduct” by posting the Christian verses.
““In general, when a student violates the Student Code of Conduct, there are consequences for those action,” principal Scott Butler told the media.
The girl’s mother said they had “appealed the punishment” and that “Posting a Bible verse is not abuse of others, disrespect/insolence/rudeness and in no way was it targeting” gays.
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