When residents learned Broomfield(CO)’s HS was a possible target for Westboro Baptist Church, 600 people showed up to counter-protest.

Messages advocating tolerance and love were seen Tuesday afternoon on people’s makeup, on clothing and on signs — some of which also proclaimed that, “Jesus had two dads.”

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 “Community Hug” 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 — 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 moms’ Facebook group, first learned about the possible visit last week.

“I thought ‘is this real?’” she said Tuesday. “Why Broomfield High School?”

She created a private Facebook group invitation Friday night targeted at Broomfield moms who wanted to build a “wall” or “community hug” around the school in case protesters showed up.

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