Rally at Ridgeline High School shows support for LGBTQ+ after flag is cut loose

Dozens of parents, family members and community members showed up in support of LGBTQ+ students at Ridgeline High School on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

MILLVILLE – Dozens of parents, family members, and community members showed up at Ridgeline High School Wednesday afternoon to show support for LGBTQ+ students. The show of support was in response to a viral video which showed a Ridgeline student cutting down an LGBTQ+ flag in the school’s commons area amid cheers of support from other students. This week the school is celebrating Diversity Week and had flags of multiple countries on display.

On Tuesday, the flag was temporarily placed over a Cuban flag for a meeting of the Gay Straight Alliance and was intended to be taken down after the meeting. However, another student took it upon himself to draw a knife and cut down the LGBTQ+ flag and let it fall to the floor. In the viral video, multiple students are heard cheering as the flag is cut loose.

“The Cache County School District is aware of an incident at Ridgeline High School which occurred at the end of the day on April 13th, when a Pride flag was hung over the top of a country flag during a GSA event in the student commons,” the district posted on its website Tuesday evening. “This flag was subsequently cut down by a student who was not part of the event.

Neither the school nor the school district condones the insensitive and disrespectful removal of the flag, which was done without permission. In fact, this took place during Ridgeline’s Diversity Week, which is held with the intention to create awareness and celebrate the diversity of students, as well as increase inclusion among the Ridgeline student body.

“This type of incident reminds us of the importance of continually educating students, not just during a Diversity Week, on the importance of respecting one another and the right to attend school, participate in events, and learn in a safe and respectful school environment.”

Dozens of parents, family members and community members showed up in support of LGBTQ+ students at Ridgeline High School on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

As school let out on Wednesday, dozens of parents, family members and community members were seen waving pride flags, displaying signs with messages like “You Are Loved”, “UR Worthy”, and “Love All Neighbors.” Additionally, there was a large police presence as multiple representatives from the Cache County Sheriffs Office were on the scene to direct traffic and keep the rally on the sidewalk west of the school.

As students left the school and pulled away in their own vehicles, many honked horns in support of the parent rally. There were also a few seen giving thumbs down as they drove away.

All of the country flags which had been displayed in the school’s commons area earlier in the week had been removed by Wednesday morning.

The following photos from Wednesday’s rally were taken and shared by Mykel Winn.

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9 Comments

  • Dean April 15, 2021 at 5:34 am Reply

    What I would like to know is why did the sexual perversion flag supporters choose to cover up
    the Cuban flag? Are they racists towards Cubans? It would appear that, they themselves are not being
    inclusive to Cubans.

    Perhaps the science teacher needs to discuss the law of natural selection. In nature biological creatures
    that are able to survive the strongest, procreate and their genetic strengths survive. Weaker creatures
    are destroyed at a greater rate and their species do not reproduce as fast, therefor a decline in their
    populations.

    Be patient, merely by their desires they will not reproduce.

  • JC April 15, 2021 at 6:53 am Reply

    That was a rude thing to do to the Cuba and Cuba’s Flag.

  • blayne April 15, 2021 at 10:25 am Reply

    Just like BLM, the more they cram it down our throat, the more resistance they will find. Good luck LMNOPQRSTU group.

  • Dean April 15, 2021 at 1:53 pm Reply

    I tried to bring this article up in an “incognito tab” in Chrome, Cache Valley Daily shows 0 comments. They must be trying to hide reader opinions, from others. Typical media they do not want to allow the free flow of ideas.

  • Rob April 15, 2021 at 3:12 pm Reply

    Hey people in the comments, why don’t you show some respect to those who have been treated poorly everyday of their lives? Just because you may not agree with the LGBTQ+ community doesn’t mean you get to be inhumane, disrespectful, and dehumanizing towards them. They’re people too, just like you are. Sure they hung the Pride flag over the Cuban flag, but like the article says, and like many people have said, it was going to be moved after the meeting. And this isn’t about whether they were discriminating against Cubans or not, that’s clearly not what this was about. Cutting down a flag with a knife while other students cheer is completely unacceptable. Stop hating on teenagers who are already going through a difficult time with High School.

    • Blayne April 16, 2021 at 5:29 pm Reply

      How do you know the gay community wasn’t just trying to disrespect Cubans? High chance they were. A lot of Cubans experience difficult times. And now to have someone hang a rainbow flag over the top of the Cuban flag – now that’s ridiculous!

  • Bradley thompson April 15, 2021 at 6:53 pm Reply

    Justice for Cuba!

  • Geoff April 15, 2021 at 10:15 pm Reply

    We need to track down that kid who cut the flag down and give him the coolest kid in school award!

  • skeetr April 20, 2021 at 4:44 pm Reply

    In these comments: A bunch of bigots who will rally to a flag other than the American flag they parade around in cult-like reverence so long as that flag is in opposition of something they dislike.

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