Friday, April 17, 2009

National Day of Silence




This blog is participating in a very important cause: The National Day of Silence.

This day, April 17th, 2009, brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Each year the event has grown, now with hundreds of thousands of students coming together to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior. This blog has proudly chosen to participate in this cause by remaining silent for the entire day and posting ONLY this one item.

This post is in honor of 11-year old Carl Walker-Hoover. Carl took his life last Monday after enduring constant bullying, including anti-LGBT bullying at his school. He took his own young life at home by hanging himself outside his third story bedroom while his mother was downstairs cooking dinner. Though Carl did not identify as gay, his story is a tragic reminder that anti-LGBT bullying and harassment affects all students. Chillingly, Carl would have turned 12 today.