March 15 2019

High-School Holy War: The Bible vs. LGBT Pride

Celebrating evil and punishing righteousness: An Ohio family is at war with their local high school after their daughter was…

Celebrating evil and punishing righteousness: An Ohio family is at war with their local high school after their daughter was suspended for posting Bible verses in response to LGBT-pride flags on campus.

“Lebanon schools celebrates [sic] evil and punishes righteousness!!” proclaimed Tina Helsinger, the mother of student Gabby Helsinger, on Facebook.

The dispute at Lebanon High School began when Gabby wrote Bible verses on Post-It notes and stuck them in various locations, after having seen numerous rainbow-colored pride flags throughout the building.

She described on video what happened, explaining:

“So on Thursday when I got to school, I see that there were pride flags, posters around my school. And I felt the need to write down some Bible verses so I could put them around my school,” she said. “And I wrote them down and I put them around my lockers, the walls.”

“I was coming back from lunch … I see the teachers taking them down, and 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,’” Gabby said, alluding to the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance.

“I did not know what the GSA organization was or meant,” she continued. “Seeing that there was [sic] people in my school that needed help and 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 or anything like that.”

The principal, Scott Butler, met with Gabby, and she noted: “When I got sent to the office, he was talking to me and he said, ‘Why did you put these up here?’ And I said, ‘Because I wanted to spread the word of God.’”

“And he goes, ‘Well did you have permission?” And I said, ‘No.’ And I didn’t know you had to have permission because people do it a lot, putting post-it notes up on people’s lockers, so I just did it.”

“And I asked him why every time Jesus or God or anything like that gets brought up at school, it gets taken down right away. But we can put gay and pride stuff all over the school and not have to take it down and people can talk about it, but when you talk about God or Jesus you just get put down, you’re not allowed to talk about it.”

Tina Helsinger is staunchly defending her daughter, and went public about the matter on social media: “I appealed the punishment stating ‘Posting a Bible verse is not abuse of others, disrespect/insolence/rudeness and in no way was it targeting GSA’ but the school principal, Scott Butler, says ‘Gabby was targeting the GSA organization’ and therefore must report to ISS Wednesday 3/13/19.”

She concluded:

Parents – if this was happening to your child – what would you do? Please listen to her story. If you feel she is being unjustly punished please flood emails and calls to the Principal and Assistant Principal if Lebanon High School. Their email addresses and phone numbers are below! (Read More)