Gaby Helsinger's mom, Tina, said it bluntly when she titled her daughter's video, "Lebanon school celebrates evil and punishes righteousness!!” The video was a response to being suspended at her high school, Lebanon High in Ohio, for posting Bible verses on the walls.
“On Thursday when I got to school, I see that there were pride flags, posters around my school,” Gabby said in the video. “And I felt the need to write down some Bible verses so I could put them around my school. And I wrote them down and I put them around the lockers, the walls.” We don't know which verses Gaby shared, since she didn't detail them and the school took the verses down immediately.
Gaby shared how she saw teachers pulling down the verses after she returned from lunch. Then, she received a suspension notice. “The next day, I got called to the office and there is a letter that says that I have an ISS, which is an in-school suspension, and the reason why I have it is because ‘abuse of others, disrespect, rudeness’ because I put Bible verses up ‘targeting the GSA organization.’ I did not know what the GSA organization was or meant,” she said.
Gaby shared that her heart in posting the verses was to help her classmates that were confused. She said she had “seen that there [were] people in my school that needed help… They don’t need to be living in the confusion of wondering if they should be gay, bi, lesbian, trans — anything like that. And I know that God is the only way that they can be healed by that, and that’s why I did it. I was not targeting any kind of organization.”
Wow, that's powerful. But apparently it is too powerful for the school that cannot handle the truth. Here in a passionate Facebook post, Graham applauds Gaby's boldness:
"Gabby Helsinger is being punished with a day of in-school suspension for putting up Bible verses at her school," Franklin wrote. "Last Thursday when Gabby got to school, there were LGBTQ pride flags and posters displayed on the school walls. She said she felt she needed to write down some Bible verses and post them. As she was coming back from lunch, she saw teachers taking the verses down."
"She said she is being accused of targeting the Gay-Straight Alliance. Gabby is asking the question of why anything mentioning God or Jesus is immediately deemed offensive and removed when other things such as gay pride displays are not. Gabby is right—God is the one who can bring help and healing—and she wanted to share that truth with others. Let’s pray for Gabby as she lets her light shine," ends Graham's post.
Sadly, when Yahoo asked the principle for a response, he defended the punishment of the Bible verses in a blanket statement: “In general, when a student violates the Student Code of Conduct, there are consequences for those actions.”
What do you think of young Gaby's boldness and her heart to help her peers, no matter how unpopular it is? Share your thoughts and prayers for Gaby in the comments. We need more young people like her! Do you agree?