FRISCO, Tx — Texas abolitionists who took their message to Liberty High School last week were met with a large group of students protesting their presence. But by the end of the week, some who initially came out to oppose the abolitionists were standing in their defense—including the student who originally organized the counter-protest.
Abolitionists frequently visit high schools with signs and literature, seeking to engage students about the Gospel and the abortion holocaust. This initiative, known as Project Frontlines, is designed to reach young people with the truth and counter the destructive messages they are taught by the world around them. Members of the Abolitionist Society of Little Elm stood on the public sidewalk near the high school every day of the week, handing out literature to students as they came and went.
According to abolitionist Todd Bullis, they met a variety of responses that ranged from violent to amiable. The number of students who came out to dialogue grew from only a few the first day, to more than 150 by day five. One parent aimed her car at Bullis as if to run him over as he crossed the street.
Some students displayed handmade protest signs, while others joined the abolitionists to speak up for their preborn neighbors.
Abolitionists noted that students, parents and citizens who turned up to protest the abolitionists were allowed to do so on school property, but as soon as a student picked up an Abolish Human Abortion sign, he or she would be told by police and faculty to move to the sidewalk.
“Anyone who was pro-choice or against us could park in the school parking lot, but anyone on our side had to park on the street,” Bullis said.
Still, he said, their time at the school resulted in hundreds of fruitful conversations with students, many of whom returned day after day to delve further into the issue.
“We had a lot of really good, long conversations that went on for multiple days,” Bullis said. “Everyone would leave for school, and they would ask, ‘are you going to be here tomorrow? I have more questions for you.'”
Bullis said even the abolitionist interactions with the counter-protesters lacked hostility, as he went out of his way to treat the students with respect, even if they were opponents. “One of the things I do, and teach other abolitionists to do, is to… be nice to them,” he explained. “I tell them, ‘thank you for expressing your views,’ and I encourage them by telling them, ‘not too many kids your age would do this.'”
The counter-protest was organized by a student at the school, who sent out an email to students, which Bullis’ daughter, a senior at the school, received. The email read:
“Help LHS students get rid of the Abolitionist society of little elm!
Meet tomorrow in the liberty high school band parking lot at 8:00 am!
Bring Signs, it doesn’t matter what they say, just do it”
Students responded to the call and turned up bearing signs with a variety of slogans: including jokes, statements of opinion, and vulgar phrases.
Other students, however, showed up to support the abolitionists, hold signs with them, and reason with their classmates.
Some, like the student in the video below, changed their opinion after talking with abolitionists and doing further research at home.
A student who requested to remain anonymous reported that at least one fellow student had chosen to spare her child’s life as a result of the the abolitionists’ presence.
According to Bullis, the student who organized the counter-protest to “get rid of the Abolitionist Society of Little Elm” approached abolitionists before the week was out to say she no longer opposed them or their message, and even posed holding an AHA sign.
Watch more videos and discussions from the week below.