On Thursday, April 13th Club Identity will be hosting Lakewood High School’s Annual Day of Silence. On this day students can volunteer to not talk for the entire school day. The goal of this day is to protest the bullying and harassment students who identify as LGBT+ might receive.
The first Day of Silence was over 10 years ago, when a high school student. Overtime, other students and schools began participating once a year. According to glsen.org “The GLSEN Day of Silence brings attention to anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment and effective responses. The goal of the Day of Silence is to make schools safer for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.”
Since the beginning, GSAs (Gay Straight Alliance clubs) at high schools throughout the country take part in the Day of Silence. You can official sign up to participate on glen.org or take part in your school’s event.
The official Day of Silence is Friday, April 21. Unfortunately, Lakewood High School will be on spring break during this time. As a response to this, Lakewood High School’s Day of Silence will be April, 13th. You must sign up to participate in the Day of Silence. There will be sign up sheets in the book room and Mr. Overholt’s room, C219.
Club Identity will be hosting a meeting Tuesday, April 11th after school in C219. We will be discussing the history of the Day of Silence and making Day of Silence t-shirts. This would be a great time to ask students who’ve participated in the day and their experiences. The club meeting will be announced over the announcements within the week.
Participating in the Day of Silence is not easy by any means. It’s natural for every student to slip up and talk a little bit throughout the day. Club Identity wants student participates to know that it is ok to mess up. But do not give up after one mistake, keep trying, its suppose to be a challenge. Club Identity also asks that everyone who is not taking part in the Day of Silence be respectful to the participates.
This is a day to respect those in the LGBT+ who have been bullied. We want this to be a peaceful and respectful day.