Silence Speaks When Words Can’t

April 21 is the Day of Silence. This day is a student-led event that occurs in thousands of schools nationwide bring awareness to the effects of anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment in schools. By staying silent for an entire day, students are shown the effects of someone taking their own life due to being apart of the LGBT community. The Jasper High School’s GSA set out a plain white banner and paint for students to place their hand on the banner showing their participation in the day of silence. Day of Silence has been held every year since 1996. The first event was held at the University of Virginia and organized by Maria Pulzetti. Since then, GLSEN (Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network) has taken the reins from Pulzetti. Many students who have participated in this say that it is quite challenging to stay silent for an entire day. Students are not expected to stay completely silent because the Day of Silence is no excuse to not participate in class.