Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Students going silent to support gays

By Jennifer Mrozowski,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Thousands of students in schools across the nation have pledged a day of silence today to protest what they perceive as the silencing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in schools across the country.

        Some schools have opposed the protest, but several schools in Greater Cincinnati are honoring students' requests not to speak.

        “The school is behind the day of silence,” said Walnut Hills High School Principal Marvin Koenig.

        At least 25 students, mostly straight, are expected to observe the silence, said Betsy Shank, Walnut Hills High drama teacher.

        To avoid surprising teachers, Walnut Hills High students were asked to have their teachers sign a form acknowledging students' intent to avoid speaking today, Ms. Shank said.

        Walnut Hills High School is one of the 1,685 middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities in 49 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia participating, according to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.


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