Thursday, April 14, 2011

National Day of Silence : April 15th

April 15, 2011 is the National Day of Silence

The National Day of Silence, is a silent protest against bullying, especially bullying in schools targeting the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender) community.  It is recognition of how those who are targets of bullying become silent and withdrawn.  This feeling of being alone in the world has recently converted to a surge of teen suicides over the entire country.

The National Day of Silence began in 1996, on a college campus, with a group of about 150 students.  The day is sponsored by GLSEN (The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network).  The idea is to bring attention to the affects of bullying and harassment.  Studies have found that 3 out of 5 students feel unsafe at school, due to their sexual orientation. 
Students are encouraged to pledge a day of complete silence, in recognition of those who suffer in silence.  6,000+ schools have registered to participate in the day.  Obviously, it may be irrational for some people to be completely silent the entire day. 

Here are a few other ways you can participate:
Silence during your lunch break
Posting informative links (like this page) to your Facebook
Add #NationalDayofSilence to the end of all your tweets
Wear Red
Post fliers on your campus
Hand out note cards on campus to inform others
Wear Red

Know someone who is a victim of bullying?  Noticed a change in behavior of one of your friends, classmates, or associates?  Have they become more withdrawn?  Know someone who is a bully? 
Let them know the bullying stops NOW, the effects could be devastating.  Show your support, April 15, 2011.

Special thanks to friends, supporters, and readers who submitted photos to be used in this post( , )!!

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