Upon learning that members of Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church planned to protest at the school, students acted quickly — and on their own — to mount a counterprotest showing their disdain for the church’s anti-gay message.
The students, along with like-minded parents and other adults, gathered at 75th Street and Mission Road, swelling onto three corners of the Prairie Village intersection. The Phelps group was confined to the fourth corner.
Several students were taking donations for AIDS research with a goal of raising $250 for every minute the Phelps group stood across the street.
“We’re going over that goal now,” said Alexxus Abreu, a 17-year-old senior wearing a T-shirt that read “God loves me” and carrying a bucket of donations.
It's great to see kids, on their own initiative, take a stand against intolerance, and raising funds for a good cause, too. My hat’s off to them.