When children are raised and indoctrinated into a culture of death, it’s no surprise that they grow up believing in abortion as a basic human right and vehemently oppose anyone fighting to protect life.
It’s no less heartbreaking, however, to hear some of the horrendous things said to the leader of a pro-life club at a California high school by other children.
In an article written for Life News, Kathryn Schneider recalled the harassment she and her fellow Del Norte Students for Life club members received by classmates in their San Diego school.
Back in April, the Students for Life club had a table at the school’s “Club Rush,” an event for various school clubs to gain exposure and chat with students.
Although Schneider says there were a few positive interactions that day, she recalls several horrific things said to her and other club members at the event:
One student came up to me the first day and said that our display was interesting. Then she said, “Babies are yummy. I eat babies for breakfast,” and walked away. Another student came by our table and motioned to our brochure about fetal development, saying, “That egg looks unseasoned.” Another approached me and started rapid firing his opinions with little time in between for me to respond. While he was being a little rude and blunt, in an effort to have a productive conversation, I asked him to email me his questions so I could look at them and talk to him at Club Rush the next day.
I looked at his questions and prepared some responses so that we could have a productive conversation the next day. But he never showed up. Instead, he commented on our Instagram post that contained a picture of our group’s table. While he didn’t necessarily mean to harass us, his comment spurred an onslaught of over 3,000 comments on that post on Instagram the next day, mostly from students at our school or surrounding area.
On the Instagram post, Schneider goes on, the post in question received comments like, “This club is disgusting,” “I’m disappointed this club exists,” “I’m ashamed to go to this school,” and “All you care about is controlling women’s bodies.”
Other comments, however, went beyond the pale into vicious bullying and harassment: “I know the kids in this club are the ones who sit alone at lunch,” or “Give up on your dreams and die” or “Imagine applying to college and saying that you started a club against women’s rights,” while still others even told the club members that they should have been aborted.
“Plenty more tried to send awful comments to our club email and website as well as through other communications,” Schneider said.
A handful of people did reach out to the club to say that, though they are pro-abortion, they regret the shameful treatment Schneider and her fellow Students for Life received.
“We hoped to spark more conversations and gain new members,” Schneider wrote. “However, the comments soon turned into a lot of hate, not just disagreement. Our club has existed for almost 2 years and has never received backlash like this.”
Ultimately, Schneider said she hopes her fellow students can learn to—at a minimum—express their opposition with kindness and respect.
“I hope people realize that we as a society need to be more willing to have peaceful dialogues rather than resort to bullying or threatening the free speech of others,” she declared. “And I hope other pro-life students who face bullying or harassment don’t back down in the face of difficulty and keep fighting for what is right. Keep being kind and positive in your work. Innocent lives are depending on you!”
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