Day of Silence


Jacob Grant and Casey Barwick

What is the Day of Silence?  The Day of Silence is a 24-hour tradition in April, in which thousands of LGBTQ students, worldwide, take a day where they don’t speak. This specific day is meant to represent students standing up for other students who have been bullied or harassed in any way around the world. Many students keep a small card in hand, containing all the information other students might want to know concerning the cause. In schools, days such as these can be planted in small clumps of students, or among a designated group, such as Cape Central’s GSA. The GSA even sanctioned a 30 second period of silence, during advisory through the intercom.

The first time that this event took place was in 1996, at the University of Virginia. This has been carried on from the past to now. By that, it has changed from just being silent and handing out cards. Students and teachers that took part in this event had White Boards. These White Boards were used to write down the answer or even write about what was going on April 12th. That way the students or teachers could explain more and also have a way to “talk” with their friends, fellow students, and teachers.