The Westboro Baptist Church will be protesting outside the Manhattan High School West Campus Thursday morning, according to a press release.
The group will meet from 7:10 to 7:40 Thursday on the sidewalks near 2100 Poyntz Ave., in part because the city was voted one of the most LGBTQ community friendly cities in Kansas by the Human Rights Campaign.
MHS Principal Greg Hoyt said in a note to students to try and go about their days as normal.
“It is best to not acknowledge their presence by engaging in debate with them, but rather to ignore their presence and let them have their time to promote hate and ignorance,” he said. “It is advised to be cognizant of our students and staff who may be target by this disgusting display and find ways to support our people, such as wearing bright colors… and simply spreading kindness.”
The protests said the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance club is “at the forefront of sin and lies about God’s commandments.”
Legally, the group can protest peacefully on the sidewalks, because the sidewalks are public property.
The group will also protest between 9:30 and 10:15 a.m. outside of McCain Auditorium on Kansas State University's campus Thursday. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be speaking, and the organization said Perdue does not utilize his position of power to spread the word of God, only his mantra of leaving the land better than one found it.