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North Idaho College students will be holding a candlelight vigil from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Saturday Oct. 30 on the field between the Sherman and Hedlund buildings on campus.

North Idaho College students will be holding a candlelight vigil from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Saturday Oct. 30 on the field between the Sherman and Hedlund buildings on campus. The vigil will occur during the same time the Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to demonstrate the NIC Theatre Department's production of “The Laramie Project.”

The college intends for a quiet gathering. Students, faculty, staff and the school's administration ask that community members do not confront Westboro church members. Community members who wish to participate in a solemn celebration are welcome to join the candlelight vigil in the spirit of solidarity and acceptance.

“While we vehemently disagree with this group’s message, we respect its right to protest under the First Amendment,” said NIC President Priscilla Bell. “We ask that community members refrain from any disruptive and hostile behavior toward group members while they are visiting our great campus and, instead, focus on the positive message of human dignity that our students are sending."

For the Oct. 22 Westboro church demonstration on NIC’s campus, the college encourages community members to attend a peaceful rally being hosted by the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations. That rally will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22 at the Human Rights Education Institute Center in Coeur d’Alene. The center is located on Mullan Avenue adjacent to Coeur d’Alene City Park. NIC faculty, staff and students are expected to join other community members in speaking at the Oct. 22 rally.

 

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Stacy Hudson is the Public Information Coordinator for North Idaho College

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