On April 21, rainbow banners and flags hung from the doorways and walls of the auditorium.
Students filed quietly through the double doors, keeping their vow until the very end. Members of the Gay-Straight Alliance stood inside, ready to lead their classmates to the breaking of the silence.
Soon, yells erupted from the seats and students’ voices were heard for the first time all day. Stories of personal struggles were shared and the group of students was united over a cause that was important to them all.
The National Day of Silence has been held every April since 1996. “It’s a pledge of silence for schools to participate in where everyone stays silent,” GSA president Jillian Smith said, “in remembrance of LGBT people who are bullied and the silencing effect that bullying has.”