Montclair State Students Don’t Let Anti-Gay Threats Keep Them Away

MONTCLAIR, NJ (CBSNewYork) – Above the rainbow flags, the purple shirts, the waving signs, there were snipers on the rooftops at Montclair State University today in response to a threat.

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman On The Story

Even neighboring Passaic County police and officers from surrounding towns were on foot and on motorcycle.

“The gut reaction is to be terrified,” said student Jack Smith.

The latest in a series of threats was the most frightening. This one said gays were to die today.

“A lot of people were told by their parents, friends, and families not to come out to class and not to come to the rally,” Smith told WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman.

But they came, Smith said.

“Why should we let people push us out of our education?” said rally organizer Francesca Scirocco. “We need to retaliate against the this, in a peaceful way to show that it’s not making us angry. It’s only making us stand together.”

“What would you say to these people, the people making these threats?” Silverman asked him.

“You’ve done great damage to a community that has a capacity for healing beyond what I think you anticipated,” answered Smith.

  • Dakotahgeo, Pastor

    I am extremely proud of these students and their community, together with the GLBT crowd. These anti-gay terrorists need to be hunted down and taken to Court. Let the law deal them their fate!

    • normal

      ^This one always commenting on gay topics here.

      And a waste of taxpayer money for the extra police presence. Maybe the typical blood-sucking university should pay for it (people cry about public teacher unions but what about these teachers aka professors some of which make SEVEN figures). Goes to show how much attention some vile graffiti artist can get. SMH at political correctness as usual.

      • college is bogus

        I agree, college is a scam from top to bottom. Its a lhink tank center for corporate slaves funded by big oil, pharma, etc These “public” universities are dictated by the same people that control our state legislature and public school administrations. Welcome to coporate socialism people.
        And yes this school can afford to hire about 10 private agencies to secure the grounds and not even know the money is gone.
        Don’t believe me? Research where the school gets its funding aside from tuition. And federal grants are simply corporate profits that washed ashore.

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