National Day of Silence, are you a supporter?

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Morton East High School supported National Day of Silence on Friday, April 22.

The National Day of Silence first initiated in 1996, when the University of Virginia organized this movement to reflect the effects of bullying and harassment towards the LGBTQ students in the school. This annual event grew over 8,000 schools and it’s now joining Morton East High School. MEGASA is proudly featuring NSD to emphasize the LGBTQ community by remaining silence all day and wearing two buttons that show pride. Not only does this event help bring recognition to LGBTQ rights but educate students how important sexuality is and its rights. What a great way to represent and support those who’s voices have been silenced!

“To be honest I’m excited this is happening; my older sister just came out to my family and I about her sexuality and I know she felt so happy when we supported her, I can only imagine how students would feel when they know others are fighting to bring honor on LGBTQ rights,” senior Karina Garcia said.

“I want students and staff members to participate, whether they are staying silent, to wearing our buttons that show honor to my people. It’s important for me and my people to feel supported, that’s all we ever wanted,” anonymous MEGASA member said.

Casi todos mis amigos son bisexuales y estoy feliz de que puedan compartir eso con todos en la escuela. Estoy feliz de participar y hacer que mis amigos se sientan felices,” junior Ashley Gutierrez said. 

While others were excited to participate on this national silence day, some students and staff found it hard to not say a word all day.

“Not that I don’t support the LGBTQ community, but I know I won’t be able to remain silence all day. I like to chat with my peers most of the time but, I think this is a great way to represent those who have been discriminated for years. MEGASA did a great job with this event,” senior Juan Navarro said.

“It’s actually really hard to be silent all day; I participated many years ago, and got all the way to fifth period before I accidentally spoke,” Mr. Frankfother said.