UMass was indeed united today
Gotta have cute kids
UMass students, high school students and bevy of locals turned out by the thousands to offset the five (5) members of the Westboro Baptist Church who actually did show up this afternoon to spread their hateful anti-gay message. Not that anyone was listening.
Huge crowd at Fine Arts Center 11:30 a.m.
UMPD was out in force and did a good job of keeping the groups separate. The UMass United crowd first formed at Fine Arts Center at 11:30 a.m. and marched to the Student Union, while the WBC arrived at 12:15 p.m. at the intersection of University Drive and Massachusetts Avenue near the Southwest Towers.
The WBC 5
A good crowd formed on the opposite side of the road numbering in the hundreds with plenty of media present, but UMPD kept them from crossing the road. And a little before 1:00 p.m. the five church members packed in their signs and called it a day.
Adjacent crowd with plenty of media
Adjacent crowd shot from the rear
UMPD and Office of News & Media Relations keeps watchful eye
At least two signs per person
@WBCsigns Well then, since there were only FIVE (5) of you, your math still doesn't add up.
— Larry Kelley (@amherstac) April 16, 2014
Guess I got their attention