WMS participated in GLSEN’s annual day of action to draw attention to the bullying, harrassment, and silencing of LGBT teens.
Today, The White Mountain School continued its standard of inclusion, acceptance, and action by observing the annual Day of Silence. If you’re not familiar, the Day of Silence is the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) annual day of action, where students all over the country take a day-long vow of silence in order to symbolically represent the ways in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students are silenced every day. This is the second year in a row that our School has observed this day of action, under the encouragement and supervision of students Danny Hierro ’13 and Tyler Randazzo ’15.
At WMS today, a number of students took up the vow of silence, resorting to written communication and only speaking in those classes where their verbal participation was required today. Some students and faculty who did not observe silence today chose to show their support by wearing red. It was a heartening thing to see our Great Hall dappled with little groups of red-clad students and faculty members during Morning Meeting, and even more heartening to watch as, throughout the day, red bandannas, scarves, shirts, jackets, and hoodies appeared on students who hadn’t been wearing them before.
“I think the day of silence is a great way of bringing awareness of LGBT rights to the WMS community,” says Tyler Randazzo ’15, one of the student organizers for this event. “We are an extremely tight knit and accepting community, but it is always good to expand our knowledge and think about how we treat each other. The Day of Silence really is a day focused on how we treat one another, specifically in schools. No matter what your sexual or gender orientation is, we have to think about fair treatment of human beings, and that really is what this day is promoting, in my mind.”
The day culminated with a debriefing in the Great Hall after dinner, where Tyler led a discussion about what his fellow students had been learning and experiencing throughout the day. Participants talked about their struggle with remaining silent, cultural differences, and the support they received throughout the day
Plans were made to expand our observance of the Day of Silence next year.