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‘Day of Silence’ gets word out on tolerance

Jade Farley, a sophomore at Rich East High School and a member of the school’s gay-acceptance group, wore tape over her mouth during Friday’s national LGBT Day of Silence.

During lunchtime, the Gay-Straight Alliance handed out awareness pamphlets near the cafeteria.

However, Laurie Higgins of the Mokena-based Illinois Family Institute, called the day “disruptive,” adding, “No one wants to say they object to classroom silence because they are afraid to be called haters.”

Rich East Principal Mark Kramer said he would permit other student groups — a pro-life silent protest, an anti-war silent protest or a Christian silent protest —if the club organization followed the district’s bylaws.

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