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By Forrest Hershberger
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Students Observe 'Day of Silence'

 

April 13, 2022 | View PDF



On Friday, April 8, students in the Sidney School District who may often be seen as vocal, even bubbly, chose to be silent. Their silence, they admitted later, caused some awkwardness throughout the day. But they did it for a cause, for the Day of Silence.

Day of Silence is promoted by GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), which according to the organization's website, was formed by a group of teachers in 1990.

“We conduct extensive and original research to inform our evidence-based solutions for K-12 education. We author developmentally appropriate resources for educators to use throughout their school community,” the organization's website says.

Friday's Day of Silence culminated with a group meeting at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

The meeting included a time for students to share their experiences throughout the Day of Silence. Some students spoke of physical and verbal bullying that occurred, of teachers overheard making negative remarks, and other students talking down to them.

Students also talked of difficulties within their families, and the desire to be accepted. Adults spoke, telling students they are loved and admired. Other adults said while they do not understand all of the LGBTQ discussion, students should feel safe in their schools.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Pastor Chad Rademacher said in the meeting he had heard “some hurtful remarks about us as humans.” He added his church is one of inclusivity.

 

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