Georgia elementary, middle and high school students participating in the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate® bullying prevention initiative are demonstrating their support for the Atlanta Braves after hateful anti-gay remarks were posted on the Atlanta Braves Facebook page. The comments started appearing after Major League Baseball teams across the country posted Facebook messages endorsing Spirit Day, an annual national event calling for an end to bullying of gays, lesbians and transgender individuals.

“It’s inspiring to see how quickly students participating in No Place for Hate responded to our request that they send messages of support to the Braves,” said Holli Levinson, Education Director of ADL’s Southeast Regional office. “A key to No Place for Hate is helping students learn how to be allies of targets of bullying,” Ms. Levinson said. “and so it’s rewarding to see that so many want to be allies of the Braves right now.”

More than a dozen No Place for Hate elementary, middle and high schools, both public and private, from metro Atlanta to Columbus told ADL that their students want to write notes this week supporting the Braves.

Spirit Day was created by GLAAD, the national organization dedicated to assuring fair portrayals of gays and lesbians by the media.