Day of Silence at Hudson School
Hudson School 9th Grader Corey Bernstein wants all Hoboken residents to know about the efforts the national youth movement is making to raise awareness about the bullying that takes place towards those with different sexual orientations. In addition to a guest speaker from Garden State Equality this Wednesday, they’re participating in a “day of silence” on Friday.
Hudson School students take part in a Day Of Silence
“Get ready for the campus to be a little quieter.
On Friday, April 16, students at The Hudson School will join students across the nation in a Day of Silence to protest the discrimination, harassment and abuse-in effect the silencing-faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students and their allies in schools.
The Day of Silence, a project of GLSEN, will be held during school hours at The Hudson School. Over 30% of students in grades 9-12 will be silent on Friday, wearing stickers, t-shirts and passing out ‘speaking cards’ that read:
“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,” according to local organizer, ninth grader Corey Bernstein, “is especially relevant to The Hudson School because of our diverse, accepting environment and our close ties to the community.” Bernstein hopes that the event will work towards ending some of the silence and hatred students face in our community and elsewhere in the nation.
GLSEN’s 2007 National School Climate Survey found that more than 9 out of 10 LGBT students report verbal, sexual or physical harassment at school and 30% report missing at least a day of school in the past month out of fear for their personal safety. The Day of Silence is one way students and their allies are making anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and name-calling unacceptable in America’s schools.
About the Day of Silence
The Day of Silence, a project of GLSEN, is a nationwide, student-led event during which hundreds of high schools and colleges protest the oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. For more Information and a complete collection of organizing materials, visit www.dayofsilence.org.
GLSEN, or the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on creating safe schools for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. Established nationally in 1995, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. For more Information on our educator resources, public policy agenda, student organizing programs or development initiatives, visit www.glsen.org.