QUEER VOICES
06/09/2014 10:50 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Westboro Baptist Church Gets A Big Surprise While Protesting Wilson High School

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church were met with a rainbow surprise when they arrived in Washington, D.C., to protest a local high school with a gay principal.

Wilson High School Principal Pete Cahall came out as gay last week at a Pride Day event at the school alongside D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and openly gay City Councilman David Catania.

“I want to say publicly for the first time because of your leadership, care and support that I am a proud gay man who just happens to be the principal of Wilson High School,” the 50-year-old, who also said he was tired of "hiding," told the crowd.

After making the announcement, Cahall was met with an outpouring of support from the local community. However, WBC challenged that by saying members would protest the school for celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Protestors arrived at Wilson High School on Monday, June 9, according to NBC affiliate WRC-TV. The group tweeted about its plans Monday as well.

Principal & @mayorvincegray are killing @Wilsonhsdcps kids, lying about that filthy lifestyle/disease-ridden bodies!! pic.twitter.com/DRLMPHTufQ

— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSays) June 9, 2014

Now this is the way to educate children. The fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Prov 9:10. @WilsonGSA_DC pic.twitter.com/394QDGMehY

— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSays) June 9, 2014

But 1,000 students had already volunteered to participate in a counter-protest against WBC.

Photos from the counter-protest, which was organized by the Wilson Gay-Straight Alliance and Student Government Association, surfaced on social media. Images show groups of people holding rainbow-colored signs in support of the LGBT community.

Their show of support didn't go unnoticed.

Good job, guys. #tigers4love pic.twitter.com/5N87PBIpX2

— DC Public Schools (@dcpublicschools) June 9, 2014

Wilson High school principal waves rainbow flag as hundreds rally against anti gay Westboro Baptist church pic.twitter.com/QxNk5BE4Th

— Armando Trull (@trulldc) June 9, 2014

Pro LGBTQ students counter protest Westboro Baptist Church at Wilson High School pic.twitter.com/ObbT0x35nX

— Armando Trull (@trulldc) June 9, 2014

Support for gay principal and LGBTQ students at Wilson High school in face of Westboro Baptist protest pic.twitter.com/jSe9C4rsFE

— Armando Trull (@trulldc) June 9, 2014

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