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Voices of Silence
Here is what Valley residents, students, parents and protestors had to say about the 2008 Day of Silence:
I thought we paid teachers to teach our kids, not to be silent all day. You need to shut down the Day of Silence. Why does one club get all day? You can do it before and after school. How clear can we get?
Ken Hutcherson, Pastor, Antioch Bible Church
You dont have to believe in being gay, but you shouldnt treat someone poorly for it. Theyre not teling you to be gay; theyre not telling you you have to be silent on the Day of Silence. Its just about recognizing that it is a problem.
Mount Si junior
Had they said, a Day of Silence for bullying, or a Day of Silence for kids that are betrodden, I wouldnt have had a problem with that. But a Day of Silence to promote an unhealthy lifestyle, especially one that is so contrary to so many peoples religious beliefs I think thats just ludicrous for a public school.
Im supporting my son because hes gay, but Im also supporting these children. They have every right to not talk, so Im here to support the silence.
Kerri Stauffer, North Bend, parent of Valley grad
I think [Hutchersons protest] is all wrong. They shouldnt be doing it here, especially when schools going on.
Mount Si graduate
The majority of people who live here support the message of tolerance and diversity that the GSA is highlighting today. We who live in the Valley want it to be an open community where people are free to be who they are and to tolerate the diversity we all represent. All the youth in our schools should feel valued, respected and recognized. There are a lot of people from the outside who came up here today, but they dont represent us. Their voices have no authority here.
Mount Si parent
I think [Hutcherson] has every right to be here, but for someone preaching equality, but hates gays thats wrong. Thats totally hypocritical.
former MSHS student
Its a gay agenda. The agenda is to make everybody accept it. I dont. I dont accept the lifestyle, but its not a matter of hating somebody.
Antioch Church member