Day of Silence 2019
Landmark High School observed the Day of Silence on May 13. The purpose behind the day is to acknowledge the silencing many people feel by not being able to express themselves as individuals. The movement is run nationally by GLSEN and is designed to help honor the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) people who have been silenced by those who do not or have not accepted them. Showing our support is especially important now, as students who identify as LGBTQ face increasing rates of bullying and harassment. These students are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their non-LGBTQ peers. Landmark is one of thousands of schools all over the country that participates.
Being silenced can mean many things. The most common instance of silencing behavior on our campus is when a student says aloud in a common place on campus, "That’s so gay," or a similar comment that is derogatory toward LGBTQ people. This type of statement implies that the person is not a safe to be around and school in general may not be safe. Further, if this conversation happens within earshot of a faculty member who does nothing to stop it, its effects on the student are compounded and the student feels more isolated.
Landmark Strives for Acceptance
As bullying has become an issue of national concern, we feel proud that Landmark has steadily worked to create a community that strives for acceptance, not just tolerance. Many of our students know what it is like to be left out or mistreated in the classroom, and can understand what it can feel like to be ostracized in a community. We hope that events like the Day of Silence will give needed attention to the struggles of the LGBTQ community, as well as provide a moment to be aware of and grateful for Landmark's supportive environment.
Students who chose to take part in the Day of Silence wore stickers that indicated whether they were "participants" or "supporters."
Capping off a Meaningful Day
Students gathered in the cafeteria during eighth period to share their observations from the day. One student reflected, "I was so pleased to walk around campus today and see how many people were wearing white and pink stickers."
For more information on Landmark School's Day of Silence please contact faculty member Jennifer Moy, firstname.lastname@example.org.