By Molly Kuhn
GSA club is raising awareness by putting their feet down to make an effort to stop bullying by planning The National Day of Silence that will be held at Red Lion High School on April 18th, 2013.
GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) is a club in the high school open to anyone who is in need to talk. President of GSA, senior Sierra Stambaugh said, “It’s a place in the school where people can come to let them know they’re not alone.”
This year GSA club and with the help of their adviser Mrs. Barton, are planning Red Lion’s, National Day of Silence.
Raising awareness, rallying students, joining together, acknowledging, and stopping the intolerance and hate that is swimming around the school is the goal of GSA.
Bullying is happening in high school, to students everyday. “We do this for those who are not heard and are hurting everyday,” Stambaugh said.
On this day, students must not speak unless it’s to communicate with a teacher, administrator, or any other school staff member. Students will also not be permitted to use any type of social media or cell phone.
Each student that signs up to participate on this day will receive a letter, concerning the information about this event, and a badge to identify the students who will be excused from speaking for the day.
By Rachel McKinsey
On April 19, 2013 the 17 annual Day of Silence will be held. All over the
country thousands of people will go a day without speaking to bring attention to
anti-LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) bullying and
harassment in schools.
The University of Virginia was the first to start this in 1996. The Day of
Silence is the largest student ran action that hopes to make schools safer, no matter
what your sexual orientation, gender identity, or your gender expressions is.
To learn more about the annual Day of Silence,
please click here to access Day of Silence official website.