MEBANE, NC (AP) — Posters equating supporting LGBT rights to supporting sin have divided a North Carolina high school.

The posters at Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane referenced the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah.

An openly gay sophomore, Jeremy Clevenger, said he reported the posters to an assistant principal Tuesday and was told the posters were “freedom of speech.”

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Alamance-Burlington Schools spokeswoman Jenny Faulkner says the posters were taken down last weekend because no one sought permission to post them. She says permission would not have been granted because of the content.

Faulkner made the following statement:

A few flyers were apparently posted at some point over the long weekend at Eastern Alamance High School (which has an open format campus with multiple separate buildings). The protocol for posting any items on campus requires that the requestor first present the item to school administration for approval before permission is granted or denied. A piece of this nature would not have been granted permission if presented. Permission was neither sought, nor given,for these items to be posted. The flyers were removed before school began on Tuesday morning after it came to the attention of school administrators and they are investigating to determine the origin.

Clevenger said the posters were torn down by students, not administrators.

The posters drew praise from some students on social media.