Tomorrow, Friday April 17, 2009 is the 13th annual Day of Silence. Day of Silence “brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools.”
The goal of the Day of Silence is to make schools safer for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. In a Harris Interactive study on bullying, students said two of the top three reasons students are harassed in school are actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender expression. Additionally, nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT students experience harassment at school.
Students across the country participate in the Day of Silence to bring attention to this problem, let students who experience such bullying know that they are not alone and ask schools to take action to address the problem.
Many of my students will be voluntarily participating in DoS tomorrow. I am too. To keep my vow of silence I will be teaching a silent lesson. All instruction will be written and individual so that students who wish to remain silent may.