Inside, it was just like any other back-to-school day: new outfits, new bulletin boards, new faces. But outside the Harvey Milk School on Monday, along the sidewalk and spilling out onto Astor Place, a well-publicized battle waged. On one side stood Fred Phelps, the anti-gay minister who picketed Matthew Shepard's funeral, and about nine of his minions waving Bibles and chanting their infamous "God hates fags" mantra. On the other side, several hundred supporters formed a human shield to protect students entering the nation's first public high school... More >>>