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Eisenhower gets quiet for day of silence

Heather Tempel, Staff writer

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Eisenhower, with the help of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), celebrated once again the Day of Silence on April 21 to bring awareness to participate in events to recognize and protest the discrimination and harassment.

The Day of silence was started by a group of students at University of Virginia in 1996. It is defined as a student-led day of action on which those who support making anti-LGBT bullying and harassment unacceptable in schools.

This year, according to Ms. Sandy Wasserman, head of GSA, there were 283 participants.  This is up slightly from last year and has been around the same number for the past three years.

Students who participated in the demonstration wore all black with their support pins and did not speak all day.

“It is important to participate in the Day of Silence because there is still a lot of discrimination and bias against people who identify as part of the LGBTQ community,” says Wassermann.   “Bullying and Harassment of LGBTQ students continues to be a problem in schools across the nation.”

The day ended with eight students and Wassermann attending a play at Richards High School.

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