Anti-LGBTQ social media posts surface regarding Central High School’s Unity Week

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ABERDEEN, S.D. (KELO) – Social media posts from Central High School in Aberdeen are getting a lot of attention. The posts include pictures of students who appear to be against a ‘Unity Week’ the school was hosting.

Becky Guffin, the superintendent for the Aberdeen School District, says Unity Week was set up by three different student organizations with the ‘intent to bring everyone together’ and celebrate being students at CHS. Dress-up days like ‘pajama day’ and ‘summer fun’ day were set up with various games planned.

The social media posts include screenshots from Snapchat with messages against the week. One of the screenshots encourages students to carry a Bible with them around school and to not talk to anyone participating in the dress up days. It goes on to say ‘God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve or Eve and Bri and Adam and tractor.’

Another screenshot appears to feature students holding Trump flags with expletive text over the picture that is anti-LGBTQ.

Guffin said in a statement that “the views expressed by the student post do not represent any policies or positions of the Aberdeen School District.”

An investigation was conducted and appropriate disciplinary action is being taken.   Due to student privacy rights, those details cannot be released.  The Aberdeen School District condemns all types of hurtful behaviors and will take appropriate action with any situation. We will have support available for any student who has been impacted by this situation.

Becky Guffin, Aberdeen School District superintendent

The South Dakota High School Democrats posted to Twitter they will be filing a complaint with the Department of Education.

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