Friday, April 21,2017, was the National Day of Silence. The Day of Silence was meant to be in remembrance of all who have committed suicide due to bullying and slurs. According to the CDC, 4400 people between the ages of 10 and 24 commit suicide yearly.
GLSEN, an LGBTQ+ organization, created the Day of Silence to bring awareness to “the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools.” Each year students in schools ranging from the middle-school to college level take vows of silence to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBTQ behavior. GLSEN says that the actions of the Day of Silence are meant to illustrate the silencing effects of bullying and harassment on LGBTQ+ youth and those perceived to be LGBTQ+.
Remember La Plata, words have power. Watch what you say, it may help someone off the mountain or push them off the cliff. Be the person that helps them off the mountain. Think before you speak and respect others. All lives matter.