High school students in Dunkerton, Iowa were expecting an assembly about bullying and making good choices. What they got instead was the Christian rap/hard rock band called Junkyard Prophet delivering an anti-gay and anti-abortion rant.
According to the La Crosse Tribune, after the band performed, they separated the girls, boys, and teachers into three breakout groups. "They told my daughter, the girls, that they were going to have mud on their wedding dresses if they weren't virgins," said Jennifer Littlefield, whose 16-year-old daughter, Alivia called her in tears after the event. Reportedly, one of the band members led the girls in a chant pledging purity and encouraged them to be submissive to their husbands after marriage.
The boys were shown images of musicians who died of drug overdoses. A video of the event shows a band member criticizing Elton John and Lady Gaga for encouraging "sexual deviancy" and supporting laws outlawing homosexuality.
"They told these kids that anyone who was gay was going to die at the age of 42," Littlefield adds. "It just blows me away that no one stopped this." According to student witnesses, kids who walked out were shouted at and ridiculed.
After the event, Superintendent Jim Stanton addressed the student body and reiterated the band's positive "anti-violence, anti-drug, anti-alcohol" message. He acknowledged they also expressed "an opinion about intolerance that's not in line with the beliefs of the Dunkerton Community Schools." The Daily News reports that members of the band showed students of pictures of aborted fetuses.
The day after the assembly, students circulated a petition asking administrators to ban Junkyard Prophet and other groups from making such presentations in the future, reports the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. Junkyard Prophet is asking to come back and explain their message, but so far no one is offering them a venue. School officials could not be reached for comment.
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