School play that faced protest makes its debut

Students took to the stage at Nyack High School Friday night for a performance of "The Laramie Project".

The play focuses on Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old who was murdered because he was gay.

One student participating in the play says she hopes to send a message of acceptance to the audience.

Members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, known for their anti-gay rhetoric and protests of military funerals, had originally announced plans to come to Nyack and protest the performance. However, Clarkstown police say they were notified by the church group that those plans were canceled.

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