CBS 6 makes up controversy around anti-bullying in schools event
In what has to be a new low for local news, CBS 6 has hopped on the fear-mongering bandwagon by suggestion a student-lead anti-bullying event that involves silence disrupts class room learning.
CBS 6′s SHELBY BROWN spoke with a former Patrick Henry high school student Zach Napier who said he once took part in the National Day of Silence, but has since decried the event saying it caused distractions in class.
“I think it’s great whenever someone can publicly express their viewpoints and they have every right to do that – [the] only question is if it’s causing a distraction,” Napier said told the inept news team of CBS 6 who are willing to scrap the coffins of dead gay kids for stories. “They would write stuff down when the teacher would ask questions and hardly anyone participated in classes that they would have normally participated in because of that.”
OH man. Napier – congrats, you just explained why this event matters and what the point of a silent protest is.
The annual National Day of Silence aims to bring awareness to anti-LGBTQ teen bullying. Students remain silent for the day to reflect the voices of those who are silenced by bullying.
So Napier, when you are “distracted” by kids silently protesting in class, that means it’s working.
It traces its roots to right here in the Commonwealth, back in 1996, when UVA student Maria Pulzetti noticed an anti-LGBTQ bullying trend around her and decided to draw attention to the issue.
“I wanted to do something for BGLAD week that would impact many people at the school and that would be very visible,” Pulzetti told The Nation in 2010. “I knew that if we held panel discussions and events like that, the only people who would come would be the people who already were fairly aware.”
Every year since, the national organization GLSEN has taken up the banner and encourages students around the US to work with their schools to talk about bullying and stay silent for a day in April, usually around the 19th.
So if and when a student participates by remaining silent for the day on April 19th, and it some how “disrupts” class, that’s the entire point. And at what point is an LGBTQ kid getting bullied NOT an actual distraction.
Still drunk on dead-gay-teen blood, CBS found the last bit of controversy they needed to make a facebook comment into a story – an anonymous parent.
“There are a lot of kids that are suicidal because they get bullied,” said a woman who is so invested and passionate about protecting children from LGBTQ progress she wouldn’t give her name. “Why is this just for one group? Why not make this a day of silence to support all kids, all groups that get bullied?”
In case your wondering, anonymous concerned parent who was too scared to give their name, this is why The Day of Silence is important (via the Trevor Project):
1. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24. 
2. LGB youth are 4 times more likely, and questioning youth are 3 times more likely, to attempt suicide as their straight peers.
3. Nearly half of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives, and one quarter report having made a suicide attempt.
4. Each episode of LGBT victimization, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average.
So the next time you hear some parent complain about students protesting bullying in schools by literally doing nothing, tell them to chill out. As a gay kid bullied in school, these kind of events offered a rare glimpse into a world that gave a shit, even if it was just for one day.
Lets not take that away from the kids who need it most now.
Tim is a writer, video game nerd, and music fan. You'll see him at shows, or you wont really see him at all.
“If you allow us to participate in the Day of Silence without consequences… it would not only affect our school but our community as a whole.”March 25, 2016
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