Complaints about gay character lead Ohio high school to cancel game, reports show
HILLSBORO, Ohio – The fall high school play in southwest Ohio was suddenly canceled, apparently due to concerns that a character in the play was gay.
Students at Hillsboro High School were still in rehearsals for “She Kills Monsters,” which was due to open in less than a month in the school’s new auditorium, reports WCPO Channel 9. The play tells the story of a high school student who tries to find out more about the life of his late sister, implying that the deceased character was gay.
Hillsboro City School Superintendent Tim Davis released a statement to Local 12 saying “The fall play was canceled this year because the play was not appropriate for our audience. kindergarten to grade 12 ”.
“She Kills Monsters” is a dramatic comedy written by Qui Nguyen. It debuted in 2011. Local 12 reports that over the past five years the play has been one of the most produced at the high school and college levels.
The school planned to play the Young Adventures edition of the play, reports the Lexington Herald Leader. This version is intended for an audience as young as 11 years old.
The cancellation comes a week after parents and a local pastor confronted the play’s directors at a meeting, Local 12 reports. Pastor, Jeff Lyle of Good News Gathering, denies pressuring officials school, but tells WCPO that he supports the cancellation of the play.
Other parents are disappointed with the decision, calling the cancellation of the play “inappropriate”. A gofundme page has been launched to raise funds for a student production of the play next summer.
A Hillsboro activist group said the decision to cancel the play was the result of an “active decision to bow to homophobia.”
“This choice is detrimental and offensive to the LGBTQ + community as a whole, but particularly hurts LGBTQ + students at HHS,” Hillsboro Against Racism and Discrimination said in a Facebook post. “It shows these kids that their hard work doesn’t matter and creates an environment of fear. This shows them that if it is to protect the feelings of homophobic people or to protect them from discrimination, the school will choose the camp of homophobia.