Today on the steps to Starbucks I was shocked to hear a group of teenage boys scream out to each other and to their friends in a passing van, "Hey f*g**t, what's going on f*g**t?" Their hate speech was clearly audible to many people having pizza, coffee in the plaza and not one adult spoke up. I told the group that that language was not cool but got no reply/acknowledgement from the boys.

I am not sure if I was more shocked by the boys' language or the fact that no one else seemed to take notice. As a community we cannot tolerate hate speech and it is every person's duty to speak up when we encounter it in our daily lives.

Melissa Mobley

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