OLYMPIA – Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, sponsored Senate Resolution 8669  on Friday to recognize thousands of Washington state students who are raising awareness of anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools on the National Day of Silence. (TRT: 53) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD



SCRIPT:

Thousands of students across the state and millions across the country will choose to be silent on Friday to bring attention to anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered name-calling, bullying, harassment and violence in schools. Sen. Jamie Pedersen of Seattle sponsored the Senate resolution recognizing the National Day of Silence.

Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle: (TRT: 11) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “I am so proud that across our state in schools all around the state kids have taken a vow of silence, and not just the gay and lesbian kids, but a lot of their straight friends to make sure that they are safe.”

Pedersen also shared his own experiences of being bullied, labeled and harassed, especially when he was in middle school. Friday, April 17 marked the 19th annual National Day of Silence led by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students.

Nicole Vukonich reporting in Olympia.