Pennsylvania school suspends students over Chick-fil-A t-shirt backlash

Pennsylvania school suspends students over Chick-fil-A t-shirt backlash
Bangor Area High School, Bangor, Pa.
Bangor Area High School, Bangor, Pa.

BANGOR, Pa. — Parents and students say a Pennsylvania school district suspended about 15 students who took to social media during schools hours after two classmates wore Chick-fil-A shirts during a Gay-Straight Alliance event.

Bangor Area High School senior Erin Snyder tells The Morning Call newspaper the backlash began after two students appeared wearing the T-shirts last week on the school’s morning TV announcement.

The students didn’t say anything about the Gay-Straight Alliance or the school’s LGBT community, but Snyder says she believes they knew what they were doing.

The appearance started a flurry of tweets, with students calling out the two boys who wore the Chick-fil-A shirts.

The tweets continued over the weekend, and on Monday students who tweeted at the boys wearing the shirts were called to the high school principal’s office.

She said about 15 students were suspended and others were given detention.

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Some students felt the shirts were offensive because Chick-fil-A’s CEO Dan Cathy made comments against same-sex marriage in 2012.

Snyder, who was among those suspended, says they were told they were being punished for tweeting during school hours and because some of their messages contained obscenities.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania is investigating.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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