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Dad rips down school's Gay-Straight Alliance posters "in a fit of rage"

His daughter Summer says she paid them no mind until she felt there were too many to ignore.
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KMIZ

A Missouri father has made a complaint to the Columbia Board of Education after he tore down high school posters which promote the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). 

Ken Allen thinks that the subject shouldn't be discussed in schools, but rather when the kids are at home. 

“I think that just like certain other topics, such as religion and Christianity, that perhaps the school, in and of itself, should not be the proper place for this conversation,” he told the school board, according to KMIZ.

Allen found a poster that contained hands labeled with words from the LGBT spectrum such as "transgender,” “pansexual,” “nonbinary” and “gay” as particularly offensive and took it down himself "in a fit of rage."

His daughter Summer says she paid them no mind until she felt there were too many to ignore. Her dad equating them to a form of  “verbal sexual harassment.”

A spokesperson for Columbia Public Schools says the signs are not unlawful and are only there to promote an official campus club. 

The Allens were trying to make a case that the signs fall under a law which states the district must notify parents of the content of human sexuality instruction, therefore allowing parents to remove their child from that class if they wish.

This isn't the first time the district has censored LGBT posters. Two months ago, the school removed signs which commemorated historic gay figures. The parents complained the materials promoted certain sexualities.

The GSA posters can remain on the walls, and the school district has not pressed charges against Allen for stealing them.