Friday, November 4th 2011 from 8:00 AM to 3:00PM at Essex High School in Essex, Vermont, the student body will be hosting a silent sit-in to protest bullying, discrimination, and harassment of all forms. Currently, the sit-in is quite extensive, with nearly 700 individuals confirmed for attendance; the Essex Free Press, Essex Reporter, and News Channel 3 WCAX have been confirmed to be reporting on the event.
The silent sit-in was prompted by a bullying incident, in which some students harassed a teenage boy who identified as gay. The harassing reportedly occurred twice, with one incident being on school grounds. Another group of students stepped in to defend the victim, and the situations were deflated. However, when EHS administration heard about these events, the students who defended the victim were punished, and the bullies let go without facing any consequences.
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