Pro-family groups are urging parents to participate in a walkout if they find out their children's schools are going to observe the pro-homosexual "Day of Silence" on April 15.
Day of Silence, promoted by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), encourages students to remain silent throughout the school day to show empathy for "gay" students who they say are bullied because of their sexual orientation.
Cultural analyst Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute says this political activity does nothing but disrupt education. "The ACLU has written on the Day of Silence website that students have no legal right to refuse to speak," she tells OneNewsNow.
She says GLSEN, which began Day of Silence 20 years ago, is falsely portraying this as an anti-bullying event.
"They're exploiting legitimate, anti-bullying sentiment to achieve their ultimate goal of eradicating conservative, moral, social, and political beliefs about homosexuality, or at least silencing them," she adds.
She says parents who keep their children home on that day should tell school administrators they're doing so because schools participating in Day of Silence are allowing classrooms with captive audiences to be politicized.