Quote of the day
"We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bellyful of words and do not know a thing. "
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Monday, January 28, 2008
DAY OF SILENCE, April 25, 2008
The Day of Silence is an annual event held to bring attention to anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and discrimination in schools. Students and teachers nationwide will observe the day in silence to echo the silence that LGBT and ally students face everyday. The Day of Silence is one of the largest student-led actions in the country.
In light of current events during the MLK celebration and in light of past incidents involving students at Mt Si High School during the Day of Silence, we would like to encourage the following;
1. Remind our community that we are fortunate to have diversity as part of it. That among us and our children is a group that struggles daily to accept who they are in the midst of an intolerant community. Indeed the very well being of our friends and neighbors depends on our acceptance.
2. Remind our community that suicide is the number one killer of our students. Among those, the LGBT community is six times more likely to commit suicide than the heterosexual community. Remind our friends and neighbors that more than 4,000 of our kids choose suicide every year. Remind them that 8 of our children, struggling with their identity, struggling with verbal and often physical harrassment by their peers and often struggling with their parents rejection have taken their lives today.
3. Remind our community that respect is a right of every human being.
4. Demand of the Snoqualmie Valley School District that on the Day of Silence;
- That a zero tolerance policy of harassment will be enforced including the pressing of criminal charges for any incidents.
- That parent volunteers will be permitted to assist in monitoring for illegal activities.
- That a local law enforcement presence will reinforce the zero tolerance policy.
- That the Administration expressly prohibit the display of any anti-gay slogans or suggestions of violence, ie. 'I Love Gays - KILLED'.
- That the Administration will be be held liable for any acts of violence, intimidation or harassment against any student.
5. Talk to your neighbors! It is time for ALL of our children to have a safe and open environment they can learn in!