Friday, April 15, 2011

Day of Silence

Today is the "Day of Silence". This is the day thousands of students across the country keep silent as a way of expressing themselves. 

It began in 1996 with just a hand full of students at one college. Today over 3000 schools have joined the cause to bring awareness to the anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools.

Last year at the Community College of Baltimore, the Rainbow club had a great display of information to share about the "Day of Silence" as well as what the club does as part of their school. Those who chose to participate wore rainbow colors and were given Speaking  cards to pass out that explained why they were being silent.

About half way thru the day a few young men started to harass the club members at the display table. Other students witnessed the harassment but  did not speak up.
My wife, who was president of the club, did. She broke her silence to let all that could hear her know that this is the reason for the day. That so many days go by when bullying happens and no one speaks up against the pain being inflected on others. That when you hear or see someone being bullied, speak up! Break the Silence.

Will you?

1 comment:

  1. The day of silence, this is interesting. I liked the video as well...If you have time, drop by my painting blog...Thanks! Daniel