A high school student in Ohio posted a video to Facebook after receiving an in-school suspension for what she believes in religious discrimination.
Gabby Helsinger, by her own account, tacked Bible verses up around the lockers and walls at her school as a response to seeing LGBTQ pride flags and posters in the hallways.
“I seen that there was people in my school that needed help…they don’t need to be living in the confusion of wondering if they should be gay, bi, lesbian, trans, anything like that,” she said. “And I know that God is the only way that they can be healed by that.”
Teachers took down her Bible verses, which were obviously not authorized to be posted (again, by Helsinger’s own account), and the next day she says she was sent to the principal’s office and ultimately disciplined for “abuse of others, disrespect, rudeness” because she was “targeting the [Gay Straight Alliance] organization” with her Bible verses.
She defended herself by claiming she didn’t know what the GSA even was, while clearly admitting that she was targeting gay students specifically with her Bible quotes.
Helsinger also claimed that she finds it unfair that gay club at her school (you know, the ones she’s never heard of) advertise but the Christian clubs (yes, plural) that hold prayers in public spaces for all students to witness do not.
“We can put gay and pride stuff all over the school and not have to take it down, but when you talk about God or Jesus you just get put down and you’re not allowed to talk about it.”
While her back-to-back comments are a wealth of conflicting information, it might do her some good to also research separation of church and state.
Unfortunately, it seems like Gabby’s desire to tell LGBTQ students how wrong they are to be themselves may be a learned behavior.
The video was posted to mother Tina’s Facebook page, with mom adding the caption “Lebanon schools celebrates [sic] evil and punishes righteousness!!”
Tina also posted phone numbers and email addresses for the principal and assistant principal of the high school, pleading with people to chastise them for punishing her daughter.
“Posting a Bible verse is not abuse of others, disrespect/insolence/rudeness and in no way was it targeting the GSA,” mom wrote, ignoring the part where her kid said she posted verses to try to coerce gay students into being “healed” by God.
The school hasn’t given any comments other than to say that the school’s code of conduct does not prohibit “the sharing or posting of religious text or imagery on school grounds.”
So maybe they just don’t allow it when it’s posted without permission or weaponized against other students. Yeah, that seems pretty fair.