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Parents, alumni rally for support after attacks on LGBTQ groups at Olathe Northwest

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Parents say a group of students had things thrown at them as people chanted “Make Olathe Northwest straight again” at the school’s homecoming parade. (KCTV5) Parents say a group of students had things thrown at them as people chanted “Make Olathe Northwest straight again” at the school’s homecoming parade. (KCTV5)
Tuesday’s rally will start at 7 a.m. (KCTV5) Tuesday’s rally will start at 7 a.m. (KCTV5)
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Community members hoped to help students at an Olathe school start their Tuesday on a positive note.

More than 100 parents and alumni of Olathe Northwest gathered outside the school with signs of love and support.

The goal of the Ally Rally was to show students in the school’s gender sexuality-alliance clubs that they are supported. It comes after the message of hate was spread around the school by a group of students.

Parents say a group of students had things thrown at them as people chanted “Make Olathe Northwest straight again” at the school’s homecoming parade. More bullying allegations have also risen since the parade.

"I mean it's bad. This hurt their entire existence,” said Cassandra Peters, whose son is involved in the Gender Sexuality Alliance Club at Olathe NW.

Peters says her son and his friends had candy thrown at them as students called them slurs and uttered the above-mentioned chant.

“I’ve been dealing with trying to help these kids deal through the anxiety and the fear that they’ve been experiencing since then. It’s been really rough,” Peters said.

Student's have also used Snapchat to continue the bullying.

Since the homecoming incident, Peters says some students have been afraid to return to classes.

“Lots of social media, cyberbullying...Even still, last night there was a threat made,” she added.

The school has sent a letter to parents and have opened an investigation but some parents would like to see more done.

Tuesday’s rally began at 7 a.m. and continued until 8 a.m. so students could see the demonstrators as they drive into school.

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