Junior Sana Younus was silent
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"People keep asking me why I'm silent if I'm not homsexual," said participant Sana Younus, a junior, in a note she jotted to avoid speaking, "Well, I want to prove my support for the homosexual culture and being silent is a demonstration tat be carried out withou violent means or unlawful methods."
“Our deliberate silence echoes that, which is caused by harassment, prejudice and discrimination. On this day, we are completely silent or as silent as we can be. We do this all day and after school all the participants gather together in Colt Court and do a countdown until 3PM & then we break the silence with songs, screams, noise and drums. If you want you could continue with this until the following day,” said Angela Dunn, a senior , involved with the movement.
Freshman Leslie Sandoval was silent, too.
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The first-ever Day of Silence was held at the University of Virginia in 1996. By 2002, organizing efforts led to its observation in more than 1,900 middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities across the country in 2002.
Participating students around the country hand out "Speaking Cards" which say: - "Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in the Day of Silence, a national youth movement protesting the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by harassment, prejudice, and discriminaton. I believe that ending the silence is the first step toward fighting these injustices. Think about the voices you are not hearing today."