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Second Annual UNH National Day of Silence Speaks Words

Rebecca Kitchell

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The National Day of Silence brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools.  Every six hours of every day someone is been violently attacked for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Hundreds of thousands of students including our very own UNH students came together on April 17 to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior. Hundreds of thousands of students participated by taking some form of a vow of silence for the entire day or part of it.  Together, concerned students created a powerful call to action in order to prevent future tragedies: www.dayofsilence.org.
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UNH students handed out speaking cards that read:

“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 in schools. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by harassment, prejudice, and discrimination. I believe that ending the silence is the first step toward fighting these injustices. Think about the voices you are not hearing today. What are you going to do to end the silence?”

You also might have seen students in red shirts or students with tape on their mouths as a visual reminder of the meaning behind the day.

Thank you to our UNH volunteers:

1. Shawn Tremblay                                      
2. Amy Langlois                        
3. Shana Clore                                               
4. Caitlin Predom                                                                     
5. Ashley Johnson                                          
6. Billy Fogarty                                                                                      
7. Erica Tetreault                                             
8. Carole McFaddan                                                                             
9. Cori Barboza                                                
10. Heather Thompson                                      
11. Kate Murray                                                 
12. Steph Morra                                                                          
13. Gianna Doukas                                           
14. Tyler Salovin                                                                         
15. Jaqulyn Bartomioli                                      
16. Brianna Costello                                                                                                       
17. Amanda Wilson                                        
18. Jay Dressler                                                                           
             
19. Michelle Morra                                            
20. Chris Jones                                                                                        
21. Jen Cellar                                                    
22. Stephanie Casto                                                                                
23. Heather Ladutko                                       
24. Jess Vogt                                                                                            
25. Stephanie Usseglio                                      
26. Jen Cross                                                                                            
27. Brianna Graham                                          
28. Mike Radcliffe                                                                                   
29. Samantha Carroll                                         
30. Heather Thompson                                                              
31. Kayley Guyette                                          
32. Tarryn Petrillo                                                                                   
33. Maegan Puzas                                              
34. Jes Alexander                                                                         
35. Minnie Thaker                                              
36. Carmen Paulino                                                                                
37. Alison Mahony                                          
38. Charlotte Billings                                                                              
39. Jackie Hudak                                             

40. Evelyna Avanesian                                                               
41. Marisa DiGiuseppe                                     
42. Amanda Mastropietro                                                                     
43. Alice Aleksandrovich                                  
44. Amanda Wilson        
45. Regina Trujillo                                             
46. Amanda DeBiase
47. Stephanie Leschen                                     
48. Jeanine DeVivo
49. Megan Scanlan                                             
50. Maegan Puzas
51. Bethany Hanson                                         
52. Daniel Markwat
53. Helin Puchi                                                 
54. Ashley Cesarano
55. Felicia Brunetti                                            
56. Caity Boland
57. Steven Edick                                                 
58. Catherine Raiti
59. Gabirela Sacchi                                            
60. Kateri Michaud
61. Erin Provost                                                 
62. Jon Bouchard
63. Mark Kicher                                                 
64. Peter Kazlas
65. Meaghan Groody                                      
66. Michael Petras
67. Alyssa Marsico                                            
68. Joiah Ladson
69. Kayla Rios                                                   
70. Christine Nitzke

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Second Annual UNH National Day of Silence Speaks Words