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Anti-gay group is no-show at Wis. high school play


NEENAH (AP) -- An anti-gay group that threatened to protest a play at Neenah High School was a no-show this weekend, leading more than 100 counterprotesters to declare victory.

The Westboro Baptist Church had announced plans to protest the school's production Saturday night of "The Laramie Project," a play about the 1988 slaying of a gay college student in Wyoming.

The Post-Crescent of Appleton reports the counterprotesters carried signs of love, shared hugs and spontaneously sang the chorus of "We Are the Champions" by Queen after nobody from Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro showed up. The group gave no explanation.

Neenah High School Principal Colleen Doyle says she's encouraged by the outpouring of support for a play that teaches about tolerance and empowers students to speak out against hate crimes

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