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Texas A&M Students Block Westboro Baptist Protesters With Human Wall

When students heard that Westboro Baptist Church planned on protesting the funeral of a soldier, they formed a human barricade around the funeral service to block them out.

On June 28, Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale, a Texas A&M alum, was killed during a training exercise at Fort Bragg by another solder who then shot himself. The Westboro Baptist Church, known for protesting soldiers’ funerals with anti-gay messages, posted plans to show up at Tisdale’s funeral on their website.

A fellow “Aggie”, Ryan Slezia, came up with a plan to create a human wall to block any protesters from getting near the funeral, and invited fellow Texas A&M students and alum to join. One participant tweeted that over 650 people showed up in maroon shirts to create a “maroon wall”. It appears that the Westboro protestors never showed up.

Photo by Emily Huskinson.

“‪#MaroonWall‬ at Central Baptist. No sign of Westboro …. hope they aren’t too intimidated.”

“God bless the ‪#MaroonWall‬ today protecting family of Lt Col Roy Tisdale class of ‘93 from protesters at his funeral.”

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Katie Notopoulos is a senior editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Notopoulos writes about the intersection of tech and web culture.
 
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