By: Kayla Kirk, Staff Writer
On Friday, April 17th marked the national Day of Silence, where students across the county called attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in school. The Day of Silence is the largest student-led action towards creating safer schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender expression. Students do have a right to participate in the Day of Silence, though this doesn’t allow entire silence to be held within the classroom. Surprisingly there wasn’t as much participation as there was the previous year, even the leader of the Gay-Straight Alliance last year, Ari Zanetta took notice.
“ I didn’t notice anything at all, and I feel that’s partly my fault. I was head of the GSA last year, but relinquished my position this year because it was too stressful. No one took up the reins, so the GSA dissolved, thus there was no formal organization, other than Lydia’s morning announcements, to call more attention to the Day of Silence. Still, I found Lydia’s announcements heartening,” Zanetta said
Even though the Day of Silence didn’t receive as much recognition this year at JRHS it still had a few supporters dedicated to the silence that day. Regardless of this there was still thousands of students across the country that had participated in the Day of Silence and it was still a success.
“It isn’t a far-and-away success, but rarely anything is, especially in the realm of social justice and civil rights. Given that, I think it’s fairly successful for what it is. The mere fact that it got on the announcement several times is hugely encouraging,” Zanetta said.