Gladstone News

Homophobia on the rise in Gladstone as Teens Steal PRIDE Flag


In a shocking turn of events in the quiet town of Gladstone, Missouri, the crime of the century unfolded on January 4th. Brace yourselves, because it's a tale of pure chaos and rebellion: someone stole a Pride flag. Yes, you heard it right, folks – a Pride flag. Hide your children, lock your doors, and clutch your pearls, because we've got a real delinquent on the loose.

Shannon Williams, the victim of this heinous crime, bravely shared her harrowing experience on social media. According to her eyewitness account from the Ring camera footage (cue dramatic music), a daring group of young people infiltrated her property at the ungodly hour of 5:00 pm. Can you believe the audacity? Five o'clock in the evening – practically midnight in Gladstone time. One would expect the culprit to be some aging MAGA Baby Boomer but surprisingly it was Gen Z teens, who one can expect to be more tolerant.

The criminal mastermind (or, as some might say, a misunderstood teenager with an aversion to colorful fabrics) sprinted into Williams' yard, expertly snapping the Pride flag off its post. If that weren't enough, an accomplice filmed the entire escapade. Clearly, we're dealing with criminal masterminds who will stop at nothing to undermine the very fabric of society – or, in this case, a piece of cloth representing love and acceptance.

In an impassioned statement, Williams declared, "My home was vandalized yesterday by some young people. My Ring camera caught one running into my yard and snapping my flag off while another filmed. I have filed a report with the Gladstone police department and will be prosecuting. It is never okay to vandalize someone's home ever."

Landon Patterson, Former Oak Park High Prom Queen, had this to say "even though there’s a lot of hate still .... love always beats out the hate.”

This groundbreaking incident has naturally left the entire town questioning the very fabric of their society. Could this be a portent of rising homophobia and transphobia in Gladstone? Is the theft of a Pride flag the beginning of an era where basic human decency takes a back seat to intolerance? These are the burning questions that undoubtedly plague the minds of Gladstone residents as they grapple with the unthinkable loss of a piece of fabric.

In an attempt to make sense of this senseless crime, the Gladstone police department is reportedly conducting a thorough investigation. Perhaps they will unveil a sinister plot to systematically eradicate Pride flags from the town, or maybe, just maybe, this could be a mere case of youthful exuberance gone awry. Only time will tell.

In the meantime, the stolen Pride flag stands as a powerful symbol, not just of LGBTQ+ rights, but of the fragility of the very moral fiber that holds Gladstone together. As the town rallies behind Williams and her pilfered flag, one can't help but wonder if this unfortunate incident will serve as a wake-up call for Gladstone, prompting them to reevaluate their values and reconsider the importance of tolerance and acceptance.