Manhattan High School students respond to Westboro protesters with a message of love

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Members of Westboro Baptist Church protested outside of Manhattan High School Thursday, causing students and community members to unite with a message of love.

“I felt it was really important to remind the community that even though Westboro is making all these claims, having all this hate, we didn’t really care what they were going to say," Manhattan High’s Student Body President Parker Wilson said.

Five Westboro Baptist members came out to protest Manhattan High School’s Gay Straight Alliance Club (GSA).

In turn, 100 students and community members gathered next to the protesters to promote their own message of love and acceptance.

"We’re prideful for who we are and we’re proud to be here at Manhattan High School, and proud to wear the number one title for the most accepting community in Kansas,” Wilson explained.

Wilson took it upon himself to get the city permit for the community to gather in support of their Gay Straight Alliance Club.

The protests lasted 30 minutes and ended peacefully as RCPD increased the number of officers in the area this morning.