If you were at Framingham High today, and said hello to a student in the hallways, some of them may not respond.
A group of students were participating in a Day of Silence today, April 15.
The event was to raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals
Students were wearing buttons all day and had a message to give others who tried to speak to them.
“Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in the Day of Silence, a national youth movement protesting the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies in schools. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by harassment, prejudice, and discrimination. I believe that ending the silence is the first step toward fighting these injustices. Think about the voices you are not hearing today. What are you going to do to end the silence?”
The Day of Silence is a student-led national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT, according to Dayofsilence.org
Students at the University of Virginia in 1996 organized the first Day of Silence in response to a class assignment on non-violent protests with over 150 students participating. In 1997, organizers took their effort national and nearly 100 colleges and universities participated. In 2001, GLSEN became the official organizational sponsor for the event.
Today it takes place in all 50 states.