Messages advocating tolerance and love were seen Tuesday afternoon on peopleâs makeup, on clothing and on signs â some of which also proclaimed that, âJesus had two dads.â
When Broomfield residents learned that Broomfield High School was a possible target of hate speech and protest, more than 600 counter-protesters showed up.
A âCommunity Hugâ was created in response to a rumored visit from Westboro Baptist Church members, who said they would be in Broomfield at 2:30 p.m. They never arrived â a common tactic of the small family band based in Topeka, Kansas, that advocates hate against public schools, LGBTQ individuals, and the U.S. military.
Broomfield police showed up at 11 a.m.; community members began arriving at 12:30 p.m., but those who sparked the event never showed up.
Organizer Melodee Rodriguez, who runs a private Broomfield momsâ Facebook group, first learned about the possible visit last week.
âI thought âis this real?’â she said Tuesday. âWhy Broomfield High School?â
She created a private Facebook group invitation Friday night targeted at Broomfield moms who wanted to build a âwallâ or âcommunity hugâ around the school in case protesters showed up.
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