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Break the Silence

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National Day of Silence is a student-led movement to protest bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and those who support them. The Day of Silence brings illustrates to the schools and the colleges how the intimidation, name calling and general bullying has a silencing effect.  Participating students take a day-long vow of silence."
Break the silence: bullying from grade school to high school and beyond is a major issue. It isn't easy being different and when people we think should understand don't the issue becomes magnified. This applies equally to other groups as well including those who have mental health or physical differences. Bullying begins at home and can continue into adulthood and even old age.

There is still a lot of "don't ask don't tell" in many countries. You would think that it would not be an issue in our first world countries but it is. Many of our children face bullying every day even in their formative years when they are first finding their way. Even before their sexuality is known to them.

I have noticed it, especially with my middle grandson. Will homosexuality be his orientation as he grows into himself? I don't know and frankly I don't care yet he lives in terror of seeming feminine. He likes nail polish, many men do but he won't wear it to school because he will be bullied if he does. He loves music and dancing but is shy about doing either in public. This boy is only nine years old.

It just seems wrong that he should be persecuted just because he is different yet he is only one of the hundreds that are abused daily by their peers.

It is well known that bullying in school begins at home. Our parents are supposed to protect and take care of us with love but sometimes this doesn't happen. An abused child seeking to gain some sense of personal power can become a bully to their peers, others become so fearful that their peers find it easy to pick on them again as a way to gain some sense of power over their environment and life.

If you know a teenager who might find comfort in knowing that at least once a year they can fight for themselves and others like them send them to the GLSEN Day of Silence page to learn how they can participate and get their school to participate as well. Send this information to a teacher who might be willing to organize one of these events as well.

It is important that bullying in it's many forms must be stopped and for that to happen awareness must be spread and action taken.

Right now it is based in the USA lets bring it to Canada!


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