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, saying, “this is the price for sin.”

An openly gay sophomore, Jeremy Clevenger, told the Times News of Burlingon he saw a photo of the posters on social media, and took his concerns to an assistant principal. Clevenger says he was told the posters were "freedom of speech."

But Alamance-Burlington School Systems 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.

Clevenger said the posters were still there Tuesday morning and were torn down by students, not administrators.

The posters drew praise from some students on social media.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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