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cancellation of December 3 2022 Holi-drag celebration
"Holi-drag" was a planned holiday celebration at Red Oak Community School in Columbus, Ohio which had to be cancelled due to a combination of terroristic threats by the Proud Boys and profound lack of interest from the police department.
- 2022/12/05 [L..T] A Parent Speaks Out After Armed Fascists Force School Drag Event's Cancelation «The father of two children who attended Red Oak Community School spoke with us about the school and its values, and the impact of the terrorism that resulted in the cancelation of the Holi-Drag Storytime event.»
- 2022/12/04 [L..T] Armed Fascist Group Terrorizes Church, Shuts Down Youth Story Hour «Armed fascists successfully intimidated a church in Ohio into cancelling a Drag Queen Story Hour event yesterday. A group of masked fascists paraded in paramilitary style chanting “Life, Liberty, Victory” while others wore camouflage and military gear. Many openly carried long guns, and protest signs accused organizers and participants of this costume, dance, and story-reading event of child abuse. Terrorized participants were forced to make the call to cancel in light of lackluster police involvement in security and fears from performers that they would not be safe.»
- 2022/12/03 [L..T] Drag storytime organizers, police offer different explanations amid Proud Boys protest «The Red Oak Community School canceled its Holi-drag storytime Saturday morning following promises of protest from the Proud Boys and what school officials described as only a "casual, distant acknowledgement" of the event from police. / The Columbus Division of Police and city officials, however, said they'd been in communication with organizers since they'd learned about the event weeks ago.» These two accounts do not actually contradict each other, though the wording implies that they do. Later in the article, though, police statements directly contradict what the school said about who first contacted whom.