PORTLAND, Ore. -- Police were able to de-escalate a heated confrontation between anti-LGBT protesters and students at Benson High School on Tuesday afternoon.
As classes let out for the day, students were greeted by the protesters, who were demonstrating outside the school.
One of the students told KGW that the protesters directed anti-gay slurs at them and told them they would go to hell if they didn't repent.
"So we all went over there and starting protesting back," the student said.
Large police response to Benson HS for altercation between students & anti-gay protesters pic.twitter.com/Nq1AGqOPOe— Mike Benner (@MikeBennerKGW) September 13, 2016
Police, who were called to break up the confrontation, say students stole the protesters' signs and some threw food at them.
Officers were able to calm things down, and escorted the protesters away from the area. Police said while the group's message was unpopular, it was not illegal to stage a demonstration.