"Lebanon schools celebrates evil and punishes righteousness!!"
These are the first words in a Facebook post by student Gabby Helsinger, a Lebanon, Ohio public high school student, who says she was unfairly suspended after taking Post-It notes with scripture and placing them around school to "heal" its LGBT students.
In a public video supplication, Helsinger addresses the school and reads her list of offenses which include, "'abuse of others, disrespect, rudeness’ because I put Bible verses up ‘targeting the GSA organization.'”
However the teen claims, “I did not know what the GSA organization was or meant."
The Gay-Straight Alliance is a school approved student organization which allows LGBT students and their allies to gather and plan activities.
The Biblical quotes were enough to get Helsinger a trip to the office the next day she said.
“On Thursday when I got to school, I seen that there were pride flags, posters around my school. And I felt the need to write down some Bible verses so I could put them around my school. And I wrote them down and I put them around my lockers, the walls.”
Helsinger admits to posting the pieces of paper, but it was only to deliver queer youth from spiritual injury.
“I seen that there was people in my school that needed help.” she said. “They don’t need to be living in the confusion of wondering if they should be gay, bi, lesbian, trans — anything like that. And I know that God is the only way that they can be healed by that, and that’s why I did it. I was not targeting any kind of organization.”
Principal Scott Butler addressed Helsinger about the canvassing of verses. She says it was to "spread the word of God."
She didn't feel she needed permission to put up the sticky notes on lockers, "so I just did it."
“I asked him why, every time Jesus or God or anything like that is broughten (sic) up in school it gets taken down straight away. But we can put gay and pride stuff all over the school and not have to take it down and people can talk about it but when you talk about God or Jesus you just get put down and you’re not allowed to talk about it.”
Helsinger is appealing to people to contact the school is they feel she was unjustly reprimanded.
She wrote on Facebook: “Posting a Bible verse is not abuse of others, disrespect/insolence/rudeness and in no way was it targeting GSA” but the school principal, Scott Butler, says “Gabby was targeting the GSA organization” and therefore must report to ISS Wednesday 3/13/19.