SJ High School Attracts Westboro Church Protesters

Hate-filled church threatens to picket San Jose high school.

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    MEMPHIS, TN - AUGUST 18: Westboro Baptist Church member Shirley Phelps Roper demonstrates before the celebration of the life of entertainment icon Isaac Hayes August 18, 2008 in Memphis, Tennessee. Roper traveled to Memphis to specifically protest about a quarter-mile from the Hope Presbyterian Church, chanting "God Killed Bernie Mack and God Killed Isaac Hayes..." (Photo by Chris Desmond/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Shirley Phelps Roper

    When Gunderson High School's play "The Laramie Project" is performed Friday night, it could have a group of hateful protesters picketing outside.

    The controversial Westboro Baptist Church, the same group that protests at American soldiers' funerals, says it will picket the school because the play looks at the murder of a young gay man.

    "The Laramie Project" looks at the viewpoint of various people in Laramie, WY, where the murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard took place in 1998.

    This week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the church's right to carry out their anti-gay message any public place they choose. The justices said even through they despise the message, under the First Amendment it cannot be silenced.

    Gunderson's principal told NBC Bay Area that she isn't sure how many of the church's representatives will show up on campus tonight, but said she is pretty sure there will be hundreds of counter protesters there to meet them.

    Schools from all over the Bay Area are planning on sending delegations to stand by Gunderson.