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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Don't Silence Students Over Day of Silence

Carroll County Public School Board: Allow students to make announcements about the Day of Silence

My daughter requested that I post this petition on my blog(s) to support these students. They wish to make announcements at their school in Carroll County, MD about the Day of Silence on April 20. The Day of Silence is a student-led national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT.  The problem is that the Carroll County Public School Board has instituted a new rule that says schools within the school district cannot use words such as "gay", "lesbian", or "bisexual" (or anything pertaining to the LGBTQA community) on their announcements, which could prevent students from making their announcements. 

One of these students started an online petition to allow Day of Silence announcements. If you support these students' rights to free expression, please click on the link to sign the petition. And a big "Thank You" to my daughter, Baby Mouse, for bringing this to my attention. You go girl!

http://www.change.org/petitions/carroll-county-public-school-board-allow-students-to-make-announcements-about-the-day-of-silence

                             

5 comments:

Pearl said...

I'll sign it.

Pearl

Brian Miller said...

you know i used to live in carroll co, md...in westminster...on my way over to sign...

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh your daughter is a wonder! Good for her! Does she have a blog? It is horrible that even the WORDS about gay students are not allowed. What century is this??? Silence is a perfect way to demonstrate the silencing - and not just by bullies, but by the school district itself. Good for your daughter - a woman warrior in the making. Go, Baby Mouse - hear her roar!

darev2005 said...

I signed it, of course.

Pat Tillett said...

I'm on my way. thanks...