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April 10, 2014

Students participate in Day of Silence for suicide victims

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Tomorrow, Friday, April 11th, is the National Day of Silence. The National Day of Silence is a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. The goal of the Day of Silence is to make schools safer for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. By participating in this event, students will also raise awareness for suicide prevention. With the absence of a student’s voice, peers will notice just how much bullying can affect a person. Students will honor the memory of a student who was bullied not only into silence, but also suicide.

Students will remain silent for the entire day while wearing a sign with the story of another teenager who has become a victim of LGBT bullying. Every year, PPCHS has participated in the National Day of Silence. Honoring suicide victims has become a tradition here at PPCHS. Students can participate in the Day of Silence between classes and before and after school, but it’s up to each individual teacher as to whether they allow students to stay silent during instructional time.

“I look forward to participating in the Day of Silence. I did it last year with my friend and I’m going to be doing it again tomorrow. I think people need to be more educated on suicide and how their words can affect another person. We will honor kids who have taken their life because of bullying. That’s really meaningful,” says sophomore Nicole Fairfoot.

Reported by: Maria BOZO

Photo by: Alex MONGE

One Comment

  1. I am very impressed to see how well the schools are put the shoulder to help and be concious about the behaviors of other kids.

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