The sound of silence

by Kent Caddick

Students from Darfield High School took part in the National day of Silence recently.

The students, along with others from around the country, took part in the day to call attention to the silencing effect of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, name-calling and harassment.

Writing in the Darfield High School Dispatch magazine, Natasha Young, said the day was about letting students who experience such bullying know that they are not alone, and to ask schools to take action to address the problem.

“The vow of silence is a challenge — but very rewarding,” she said

“In total, we had nine students from years’ 11 and 13 getting involved by taking a vow of silence for a portion or a full day. As well other students got involved in other ways such as our selfie for silence, to show our support and to let others know what we are doing to break the silence around homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

“Nobody should be silenced because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and everyone should feel safe at school. By bringing visibility to this issue, we can make it better.” Natasha

Young is encouraging more students to give it a go next year to help break the silence around the issue.