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Students wear shirts with anti-gay message on day of silence

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The phrase a few students decided to wear to class on a T-shirt sparked a social media blitz at a local high school. The matching shirts share one controversial message.

"I just made it say 'Gay Day is not OK,' because I don't believe that it's OK," Oregon City High School student Alex Borho said.

He and just a few of his friends wore the shirts at the school where there are more than 2,000 students.

For some there, today was a day of silence. It's part of a national movement that only about 40 kids at Oregon City High School participated in.

It ends the much larger unity week that all the students there partake in. It's meant to be a time of dropping labels and breaking down social barriers.

"I don't have a big problem with gay people. It's just when they start parading around the school about how we have a day of silence for gays, lesbians and transvestites," Borho said. "We don't have a straight day."

Borho said he doesn't like the message associated with the day, intended to draw attention to bullying of gay students.

Other kids weren't staying silent about the shirts.

"I was just really sad because I take pride in this school," senior Justin Low said. "We're all students here and we're all trying to accomplish the same things: get through the four years, graduate and hopefully set ourselves for a bright future."

He's on the student council and helps organize unity week which, up until Friday, went as planned.

"It was just really sad because it's the last day of unity week and people took it the wrong way," he said.

Low and other students spent Friday evening setting up for a fundraiser for a classmate hurt in a car crash. That's how he wants his school represented: As students always willing to look out for one another, and not by five words on a T-shirt.

"That doesn't reflect our school, our student body or our school and community," Low said.

The kids who wore the shirts said they had heard from other students who support their freedom of speech. They said they would choose to wear them again.

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