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MMHS Day of Silence

Donovan Alcones

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On April 14th, Mira Mesa High School organized the annual Day Of Silence campaign.  The Day of Silence was organized by The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) with the help of ASB in order to address anti-LGBT bullying on and off campus. By using the symbolic speech of silence, they hope to bring attention to the fact that many members of the LGBT community are afraid to express themselves openly in society.  Most students wore rainbow tape over their mouth and remained silent the entire school day to demonstrate their solidarity with the protest.  Others supported the cause by wearing the tape somewhere visible.

Day of Silence first started in 1996 at the University of Virginia as an assignment on non-violent protests. A survey from 2013 found that 9 out of 10 LGBT students report verbal, sexual or physical harassment at school and more than 30% report missing at least a day of school in the past month out of fear for their personal safety. This event helps stand up for those students by staying silent with them, bringing to attention the issues the LGBT community faces. Now, it is held in all 50 states, plus other countries like Singapore, New Zealand, and Russia, with over 10,000 students participating.

Our school had just started it’s own Day of Silence activities last year, and the people enjoy it! The club distributed almost a total of 12 rolls of rainbow duct tape and 200 badges (which stated that the wearer would be silent the entire day). Some individuals put smiley faces on their rainbow tapes, while others brought pride flags, your common rainbow-print, to show their silent spirit! Even if it was just a fad everyone did to seem cool, people learned about common misconceptions and issues in the LGBT community, like how people in that community don’t feel safe at school.

This year was very successful thanks to the help of GSA and ASB, as well as the support from Administration and other students. They plan to make it bigger and better in the future, but what we really want is to get to the point where we don’t need it anymore. While we continue to participate in Day of Silence and spread awareness, people are still mistreated. Be the change you want to see in the world, and take action!

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