A Searsport District High School student whose class project involved writing a federal bill aimed at restricting protests at military funerals was featured on the morning news program, “Fox & Friends,” Friday morning, Dec. 31.

Zach Parker, a senior at Searsport District High School, took his message to the national stage after statewide headlines regarding his effort caught the attention of producers at Fox News. Parker said Fox News contacted him at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday and invited him to appear for a 10-minute spot on the three-hour show, which aired at 8:20 a.m. Friday morning, Dec. 31.

Parker said he was given the choice to fly to New York, or to ride to the Boston studio in a Lincoln Town Car, all compliments of the news channel. He chose to head to the Boston studio, and just before 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, a shiny black Lincoln Town Car Executive L pulled into the parking lot of the Searsport Public Safety Building.

Parker’s parents, James and Tara, and Searsport District High School Dean of Students Ruth Fitzpatrick were among the small group of people who came to see Parker off before he and his mom climbed into the luxurious ride and began their trip to Massachusetts.

“I’m kind of nervous,” said Parker prior to his departure, who noted that he was still overwhelmed by the response that his class project has received from people all over the country.

On air, Parker was interviewed by “Fox & Friends” co-host Dave Briggs. The introduction to the segment featuring Parker described the actions taken by the Westboro Baptist Church — the group that has attracted the most attention for protesting at the funerals of military personnel — as “disgusting,” and said Parker was “taking on the group by himself.”

“This group — I think a law needs to be put in place to stop these guys,” Parker told Briggs during the Dec. 31 interview.

For his school project, Parker opted to work toward creating a federal bill to restrict protesting at military funerals. He said he was seeking an offbeat topic to tackle for his class project. After scouring the Internet, he located headlines about the Westboro Baptist Church, an anti-gay, anti-Semitic, anti-government church in Topeka, Kan., that has made a name for itself by annually picketing thousands of events around the country, including military funerals. Parker found that to be particularly unsettling, as he has an uncle in the National Guard who might be deployed in the coming year.

To introduce his proposal, Parker organized a public seminar. Not long after, he received a vitriolic email from WBC principal Shirley Phelps-Roper and subsequently learned that WBC planned to picket his event.

“You must be living in a painful Spiderman movie if you think that you can change or stop God from killing the soldiers, or stop his people from standing on a PUBLIC right of way to help you connect the dots from that wrath from God, fury really that killed and sent to hell your disobedient rebel soldier to your filthy manner of life!” she wrote.

That email was read aloud on “Fox & Friends,” and Parker was asked how it felt to have such offensive words directed toward him. Parker said he didn’t feel their actions were consistent with Baptist principles, and he said the majority of the feedback he was getting on his project was very supportive.

The church has claimed that its actions are protected under the First Amendment, and Briggs asked Parker, “Protesting at the funerals of our soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice — hard to defend that, isn’t it?”

Parker said that rather than infringing on anyone’s First Amendment rights, he feels his proposal will strengthen the First Amendment rights of families who are targeted by the protesters. He said he feels the church’s protests “infringe” on the rights of those families.

Parker found himself in friendly territory during the Dec. 31 interview, as evidenced by comments from Briggs at several points during the interview — the co-host at one point said Parker had made “one heck of a case,” and later told Parker, “We support you in this endeavor.”

At the end of the interview, Briggs said, “Good luck to you, Zach Parker, and thanks so much for being here.”

Speaking on Dec. 28, Phelps-Roper confirmed that the church would be sending a “team” of seven to 10 people to protest the event.

Parker’s seminar will be at Searsport District High School, on Mortland Road in Searsport, on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 5:45 p.m. For planning purposes, the organizer has asked that prospective attendants RSVP to zachparker2011@gmail.com or call (207) 478-7561. However, an RSVP is not required to attend.