Merced Schools Are Punishing Students Who Don’t Fit Gender Norms

In honor of the National Day of Silence, our youth reporter, Layla Ornelas addresses the issues LGBTQ+ students face in high school. The ‘Day of Silence,’ a student-led movement, originated out of Virginia in the 90s. Tired of seeing the silencing effect of bullying and and harassement, students organized an action and decided to take a vow of silence to protect their LGBTQ+ peers. “Schools are supposed to be environments where you learn, not where you are punished for what you wear.” Read Ornelas voicing her frustrations in hopes schools will change their unfair policies at We’Ced.

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