School district begins planning for WBC protest - KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports

School district begins planning for WBC protest outside East High School


Sioux City school leaders are putting plans in place in advance of a protest planned by members of the Westboro Baptist Church outside East High School, next week.

In addition to a protest planned outside Sioux City city hall, on Monday, at 12:30 p.m., church members will rally outside East High at 1:45 p.m.

The rally in front of city hall is in response to the city council's appointment of Scott Raasch, who is gay, to the Human Rights Commission.

Church member Elizabeth Phelps says same sex marriage, which is legal in Iowa, is "just a satanic ploy to promote behavior that will be the death of this nation".

Sioux City's superintendent of schools, Dr. Paul Gausman, says church members are not allowed on school grounds. He says the district is working with Sioux City Police to make sure students are safe, and church members don't disrupt students' learning. The school will send out an automated phone message to make sure each family knows what is planned. "This situation presents an opportunity for us to model for our students and community how to handle challenging situations in life, and extend our understanding of the rights of free speech and freedom of assembly," Dr. Gausman said.

Gausman added the school does intend to have an increase police presence during that time. But, he doesn't plan to release the students early or keep them late to avoid the protest outside. Gausman says the day will go on as planned.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KTIV Television Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Kathy Clayton at (712) 239-4100 x209. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at