On April 11th, 2014, schools across the country participated in a day of silence to honor the members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. The goal of this day was to prevent and draw attention to the bullying and harassment of the LGBT community.
Roanoke College shared their support by allowing the students to participate in this nationwide event. So instead of talking, students fought the violence of the LGBT community with silence.
However, there were some aspects to this day which took students by surprise.
The first was that students could not be silent during their classes. If they were asked to speak by a professor, they were required to respond, or possibly suffer some type of class participation consequences. This one actually discouraged some students from taking their vow of silence.
There was an original hope to allow the students to be silent during classes; however, this was not mandated.
Another part of this day was that instead of speaking, students were asked to provide a written explanation as to why they were silent. It was the reason for their silence in the first place. Also, they were supposed to use writing as their form of communication for the day.
At the end of the day, there was a balloon launch to break the silence. Everyone who had taken the vow gathered on the back quad and released a balloon in hopes of making their fight worth the effort.
Roanoke College took a big step to help decrease the hatred of the LGBT community by allowing this day to take place. Hopefully, in the future we can encourage more students to take the stand too and really show their support for fellow students, neighbors and families.