THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — National Day of Silence is a widespread and regular student-led observance involving 8,000 plus schools and colleges promoting awareness for safer schools for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. What educator wouldn’t want to be part of a nation-wide awareness of this type?
Apparently, there is one. Superintendent Elizabeth Nastus cancelled Delaware Valley High School’s (Frenchtown, NJ) planned Day of Silence saying she intends to have a different diversity day, involving more kids and more messages.
I’m calling bunk here. Day of Silence already involves everyone — students, educators, families and friends — participation by all is welcome and encouraged. There’s something else going on here and I’m not buying Nastus’ excuses.
Family members of a transgender child at the school believes that parents were complaining about the upcoming Day of Silence, believing it can lead to a “gay lifestyle”. I most certainly hope the cancellation wasn’t to appease the ignorant.
Regardless of the real reason(s) for the cancellation, the excuses given aren’t good enough. The cancellation says more about Supt. Nastus than anything else.
Frenchtown, NJ 08825
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