Anti-Gay Stickers Stir Controversy at Southern California High School

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Administrators at Shadow Hills High School said they can’t ask students wearing anti-gay symbols to remove the symbols in the interest of protecting freedom of speech rights. (Photo: Facebook)

INDIO, Calif. (AP) — Administrators say students at a Southern California high school have the right to wear anti-gay stickers on their school ID badges, just as other students have the right to wear stickers supporting gay rights.

Shadow Hills High School administrators in Indio emailed The Desert Sun newspaper saying both protests were OK, as long as they didn’t escalate.

The anti-gay stickers, a small rainbow inside a circle with a line through it, showed up about two weeks ago.

The administrators warned that students aren’t free to interrupt class to express their beliefs, because students have a right to be educated without fear.

One teacher says some students and staff object because they feel the gay and lesbian community has been targeted.

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