Relevant To Today’s Interests: Student Experiences of Day of Silence
April 15, 2011 Leave a comment
Here are a few comments we’ve received this morning. It’s strong reminder of why the Day of Silence is so important.
By 10 am this morning more than 30 students had already benn called to the office for participating in the Day of Silence. They were told to participate they had to go home with an unexcused absence, but they were an educational distraction to be silent all day.—–
School personnel are telling me that I cannot support it by putting a printed piece of paper on my shirt telling why i am not talking. And an attendance clerk said to me “I am not playing these stupid little games.”
—–Administrator sent an e-mail saying to bring all the students participating in the day of silence to the office.
Just in case you were wondering why these movements are necessary.
- Nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT students experience harassment in American schools each year.
- 60% of LGBT youth feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation.
- Nearly 1 out of 3 LGBT youth missed school in the past month because of safety concerns.