Students and Staff Stand Up for Safe Schools

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The Oldfield Middle School GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) club sponsored its first “National Coming Out Day” on Oct. 10th to stand up against bullying.

This day sent a strong message that bullying toward any individual or group of people is not acceptable.

Oldfield Middle School faculty, staff members and students had the opportunity to wear a rainbow ribbon pin to show their support of the day and sign their names to a large “safe-space/anti bullying” banner which proclaims OMS as a ‘safe space’ for all students. This banner is proudly displayed near the entrance of the school building.

Sixth-grade student Daniel Benson, expressed his reason to support “National Coming Out Day.” “All students should be comfortable with who they are,” he said. “We should respect everyone.”

For the past 26 years, Gay-Straight Alliances have participated in “National Coming Out Day” in an effort to make their school communities safe and create a welcoming environment for all students and their families regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Creating a safe environment for all students and their families is a priority of the Harborfields Central School District, as evidenced by their participation in events such as this.

“Our goal is to create a safe environment for everyone,” OMS Guidance Counselor Jennifer McCaffrey said. “We want to let students know we accept them, their family and friends for who they are.”