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School board to consider Day of Silence support resolution

Original post made on Mar 20, 2017

The San Ramon Valley school board on Tuesday is set to discuss approving a resolution for the second year in a row in support of voluntary student participation in the National Day of Silence, which aims to raise awareness about youth who face harassment because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Comments (25)

Posted by Teacher
a resident of Danville
on Mar 20, 2017 at 3:34 pm

The new wave of "Kumbaya" and "hugging trees" and "anti Trump propaganda" that is forced upon our students is getting out of hand.

Posted by AmerIcan
a resident of Danville
on Mar 20, 2017 at 6:52 pm

How about a day of silence for students who are harassed because they are Republicans and have conservative views?

Posted by Thank you school board!
a resident of Blackhawk
on Mar 20, 2017 at 9:05 pm

I hope the board votes yes and supports the Day of Silence. It's obvious from the two posts above mine that we need to raise more awareness about youth who face harassment because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Posted by Jackson5
a resident of Danville
on Mar 21, 2017 at 6:31 am

I'm ok with this, as long as it's peaceful. No rock throwing, burning cars, breaking windows, etc.

Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Mar 21, 2017 at 7:31 am

"Thank you School Board": So, is it ok in your opinion for students who are Republicans to be harassed for their political views by other students and teachers? You are ok with students being harassed as long as they are Republicans? Boy, to use your words, we "do need to raise awareness" about these students who face harassment. That is the problem with you liberals and your attempts to force your views on others. How about we simply have a policy of following the Golden Rule, have you ever heard of that, it is not in the Democrats playbook. The Golden Rule simply says treat everyone the way you would want to be treated. Instead of having a day for those harassed because of their sexual preference, and a day for those harassed because they wear glasses, and a day for those who are harassed because of their weight or size, etc, etc, how about just a day where we preach the Golden Rule of no harassment for any reason? I assume you would not be ok with that, as your goal is to get your political views forced on others, rather than ending harassment of students for any reason.

Posted by Linda
a resident of Danville
on Mar 21, 2017 at 8:20 am

Ditto what American posted above. Agree 100% correct.

Posted by Semper
a resident of Danville
on Mar 21, 2017 at 9:39 am

Ditto American posts above.

Posted by Jane
a resident of Danville
on Mar 21, 2017 at 9:39 am

How about we just go back to teaching the basics of treating each other with respect EVERY DAY?

Posted by Citizen
a resident of Danville
on Mar 21, 2017 at 1:32 pm

I would love to see people follow the Golden Rule, but the sad fact is that bullying and harassment is on the rise. The Day of Silence came about long before the needs of others as American stated... being the parent of a 'different' child and living through the horrors on bullying on campus and online, the Day of Silence was definitely a way to bring attention to the issue. Do we really need a day of silence for being Republican? Maybe, but then again, the Golden Rule for EVERYONE, if followed, would eliminate the need for a Day of Silence for anyone. Are we teaching our youth the Golden Rule?? Are we practicing the Golden Rule?? Apparently not.

Posted by Also an American
a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 21, 2017 at 1:34 pm

The fact that people honestly think we need something similar to a Day of Silence in honor of Republicans is so laughable and depressing at the same time. I try to believe that people in this area don't live in a bubble, but then people like "American" spew their outlandish, narrow-minded claims and the bubble comes into full effect.

To even begin to compare the plight that LGBT students face to some students getting challenged for their political beliefs or their presidential candidate support is ludicrous. This comparison belittle the true challenges faced by LGBT students and attempts to victimize a group that is far from being the victim in any sense of the word.

Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Mar 21, 2017 at 3:19 pm

"Also an American": Let me be clear, any bullying, any harassment, for any reason is wrong, period, and should not be tolerated. That being said, you go down a very slippery slope when you have a day solely dedicated to those who are harassed for their sexual preference, while not having a day for those who are harassed for the multitude of reasons people are unfortunately harassed, such as wearing glasses, being overweight, be non-athletic, having red hair, not wearing the latest clothes, etc., and yes, for being a Republican. Watch the news, what happens when there is a rally for Trump, like in San Jose, or in Berkeley, people are not simply called names and bullied, but actual violence against them takes place. I have heard from numerous people and their children that when they wore a Trump shirt or hat to school, or during a class discussion they supported Trump, they were harassed, bullied, and even threatened by violence at school.

Do you have a problem with students being treated this way due to their political views? Does that bother you at all? Or, it is acceptable and a complete non-issue to you that students are being harassed solely due to their political views?

My point is instead of simply picking one group of people being bullied and harassed and having a special day for them, why not just having a policy of preaching the Golden Rule, and demanding that everyone be treated with respect and dignity, whether gay, Republican, overweight, skinny, glasses, etc. Don't all children, whether Democrats, Independents, or Republicans, deserve not to be bullied and harassed due to their political views?

In the old days you would see bumper stickers supporting Republicans on cars, but now due to the intolerance and harassment by liberals, Republicans are afraid to put bumper stickers on their cars, as they will be vandalized, and the drivers actually threatened by violence.

If we are going to have a day of silence, why are we excluding so many other groups that are being harassed and bullied, while only supporting one group?

Liberals claim to want a melting pot of diversity, but there is no room at the Inn for Republicans, as you apparently think it is ok to harass children at school for their political views.

Posted by Also an American
a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 21, 2017 at 4:13 pm

American, your response to my post was much more clear in many ways than things you were saying previously, so I appreciate you clarifying your position.

Of course no student should be mistreated based on any of their beliefs (assuming these beliefs are not hateful or harmful). That being said, I think it's important to differentiate between Republicans in general and the current president. Yes, he is a Republican (in name at least). However, there has clearly been an uptick amongst children saying similar hateful rhetoric that they hear coming straight from the President's mouth. Perhaps it is not their beliefs as Republicans that some students are being challenged with, but rather their support for a President that many view as hateful and harmful to many groups in this country. Does this mean students supporting Trump should be bullied, harassed, or threatened? Of course not. However, if our students can have healthy discourse on opposing views, they will be all the more ready to be active citizens when they turn 18.

Posted by Semper
a resident of Danville
on Mar 21, 2017 at 4:18 pm

Your latest post is so true AMERICAN. The progressives have zero tolerance when others views differ from their own. Also an American talks about us so called intolerant people living in a bubble not so they are the ones living with their heads in the sand or some other place.

Posted by Alexandra
a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 21, 2017 at 4:55 pm

@American, it's sexual ORIENTATION not PREFERENCE. Your ignorance is palpable...

Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Mar 21, 2017 at 5:11 pm

"Also an American": I appreciate your apparent tone in being open to different opinions than yours, but am troubled by your statement that, "no student should be mistreated based on any of their beliefs(assuming these beliefs are not hateful or harmful)".

Who decides what is "hateful or harmful"? If you think an opinion is "hateful or harmful", than you believe it is acceptable for a student to be mistreated? Wow. That in a nutshell is exactly why if we are going to have a day of silence for those students who are harassed and bullied, it can not be limited to those mistreated for their sexual beliefs, but must be for EVERY student, including Republicans, who are harassed and bullied.

For example, polls show most Americans quietly support President Trump on stopping illegal aliens from coming to the U.S. However, many liberals, probably including you, believe building a wall to keep out illegal aliens would be "hateful or harmful". In that case, using your words, it would be acceptable to mistreat a student with those views on immigration.

The Golden Rule does not give you or anyone the right to decide what is "hateful or harmful", to justify you mistreating students for their political views. The Golden Rule requires you to treat everyone, including those whose views you disagree with, as you would want to be treated, which means with respect and dignity. You may not agree with their views, but you are not allowed to harass and bully them for their views.

I repeat no student should be bullied or mistreated for any reason, whether based on their sexual preference, political views, or any other reason. It is sad that liberals do not get this, and apparently want to use the students for their own political agenda.

Posted by Dmg
a resident of Danville
on Mar 21, 2017 at 6:14 pm

My kids participated in the day of silence and found it meaningful. LGBTQ students have a long history of being bullied, harassed and even murdered, and this is one small way that they can feel a sense that other students care about that, and them. Equating students who support the current administration and have been teased (just as students who don't support the administration have been teased...but apparently are not complaining) with a group of students who have a history of being brutalized is ridiculous.

a resident of Walnut Creek
on Mar 21, 2017 at 7:11 pm

The LGBT agenda is being pushed by the union. I'm not against it, I adore my LGBT students, but it is being thrown at the students more than you think. Ask your kid,.

Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Mar 21, 2017 at 7:14 pm

So, " DMG", it is " just teasing" when the victims are Republicans, but " harassment" and " bullying" when victims are gay?

Posted by Dmg
a resident of Danville
on Mar 21, 2017 at 7:48 pm

No, American, it's harassment and bullying when the victims are injured and killed. That you see a parallel between the two is quite disturbing.

Posted by Semper
a resident of Danville
on Mar 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm

No Dmg it is your attitude and hypocrisy that is alarming AND disturbing.

Posted by All-American
a resident of Danville
on Mar 21, 2017 at 9:51 pm

These conversations would be immeasurably improved if folks restricted themselves to "I" statements, and quit with the "yous" and "theys" and "liberals" this-that-the other.

The guy who presumes to call himself an American is the worst offender. You may know what you think, pal, but it's obvious that you have no idea what I think. Stick with what you know.

Posted by Dmg
a resident of Danville
on Mar 22, 2017 at 7:09 am

@Semper, "hypocrisy"? How so? Are there Trump supporters that are students that have been brutalized or committed suicide because of the years of abuse they have had to endure due to their orientation? A simple google search will result in horrific examples of what LGBTQ individuals have experienced. I see nothing related to students based on their political leanings. Where is my hypocrisy?

Posted by Greg T
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 22, 2017 at 7:25 am

'American','Sempter' and others above of this view are correct.
There should be no bullying of anyone, any day. And it's true School officials seem to look the other way when Republican\conservative\ Trump fans are bullied.... They seem to almost condone it.
The American school system, while being one of the best funded in the world, is producing some of the lowest results in the world. It's time to get back to the basics, and cut out the liberal-indoctrination cr*p.

Posted by SHale
a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 22, 2017 at 7:38 pm

SHale is a registered user.

These so 'called' bullying. It is at the HS level? Is it reported to anyone or all of is hearsay?
Perhaps at HS I can see kids maybe turning in to who is or isn't President. But elementary or middle school, very very doubtful unless parents brought it on and their kids become parrots.
SRVUSD has a very tough anti-bully policy in place. At the elementary level each and every class room has what is and isn't bullying right on the board for all kids to see.
Still unclear how the district proposes one thing and then it turns into a GOP/Trump call to arms?

Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on Mar 27, 2017 at 10:10 am

My concern over the "Day of Silence" is maybe a bit different from some of the other concerns expressed above. Basically, it is related to how teachers elect to recognize the participants, and/or non-participants. The article says:

"The resolution states the observance would not alter classroom instruction that day, but it encourages teachers "to be thoughtful and sensitive as they create lesson plans." Students must contribute verbally in class if such participation is part of the required class lesson, according to the resolution."

Depending on how things play out in an individual class, it may be that it will be quite clear as to who the participants are, and who the non-participants are. Will there be any negative connotations for non-participants? Will non-participants be open to criticism for (supposedly, or tacitly) "supporting bullying"? They shouldn't be, since there are any number of reasons why someone might elect to not participate.

In the end, however, this resolution basically requires ALL students to "take a position", whether they want to or not, and as such will serve to create and define "dividing lines" between the participants and the non-participants. Further, it essentially forces a binary view of an issue that is actually fairly complex. How does that help inclusion, let alone independent thinking?

I am assuming that teachers will basically not be participating, at least not in the maintaining of silence, since this would presumably prevent them from performing their primary function of teaching....

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