Today, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover would have turned twelve. If you don’t know his story already by his name, take a deep breath first, then read this. His mother is interviewed here, at Essence. [If you prefer video, here’s the piece on CNN.]
It is as grim a coincidence as fifteen year-old Lawrence King’s dying on Valentine’s Day last year, after having been shot by a male classmate whom he had asked to be his Valentine a few days before.
The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has sponsored the Day of Silence as a consciousness-raising event for thirteen years now, and describe it this way on the Day of Silence website:
The National Day of Silence brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Each year the event has grown, now with hundreds of thousands of students coming together to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior.