Proud Boys

Proud Boys demonstrators pose for a picture on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at the Holi-Drag event scheduled to be hosted by the Red Oak Community School and held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus. The event was cancelled.

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The event wasn't "shut down." It was cancelled due to infighting within the event coordinators. The performers felt unsafe without more police presence, and the private security team that was hired felt unsafe with a police presence. While I don't agree with the Proud Boys, they ultimately weren't the problem or reason why the event was cancelled. Parents have a right to raise their kids in the manner they see fit, so long as there isn't abuse or neglect. I'm of the opinion that taking an impressionable child to an event like this is both abuse and neglect. But it's just that, my opinion. A parent that would take their child to an event like this doesn't care about my opinion, and vice versa.

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