Parents outraged over NC pastor’s remarks at baccalaureate service

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KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. — Parents are outraged over a what they’re calling an “anti-gay” message delivered by a pastor at a baccalaureate service.

A group of parents contacted WBTV after Pastor Scott Carpenter spoke at  Kings Mountain High School’s baccalaureate service.

Carpenter told WBTV he has no regrets and simply dished out the truth.

But what Carpenter called truth, other parents called bullying.

“This is bullying. Bullying doesn’t have to happen from the back hallway of a school or a back parking lot. It can happen from the pulpit, it can happen from the stage,”  parent, Chuck Wilson told WBTV.

A student told WBTV that Carpenter said homosexuals would go to hell.

“It’s a public school. There are children here. I think there should be some level of responsibility of the speaker coming in to not take advantage of a captive audience,” Wilson told WBTV.

Carpenter defended himself and said that he was simply speaking biblical truth.

Cleveland County Schools said the speakers were chosen by leaders in the religious community and the school had nothing to do with Carpenter’s selection.

“It was just simply an inappropriate topic for a baccalaureate service,” Wilson told WBTV.

Carpenter said his aim was not to hurt anyone but rather to do his duty as a Christian pastor.

Cleveland County Schools told WBTV they may have to be more caution during the selection process for speakers next year.

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