GSA discusses safety triangle

Brittany Nelson

Last Monday, Nov. 21, Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) discussed the possibility of giving teachers “safety triangles” to display in their classrooms, temporarily in room 305.

These triangles symbolize a safe spot for students. It tells students who are having trouble that they can talk to that teacher. GSA President Kelsey McKim (12) is attempting to implement the idea after hearing about it a journalism convention. Issues arose as the group discussed this idea further.

There was some concern among the advisers and members of GSA that those who opposed their views would misconstrue GSA’s safety triangles as a political statement—which would make them inappropriate for posting around school. “As a teacher, I can’t say I do or do not support certain candidates… However, I can wear a sticker that says I support education. As long as it’s a general sign for safety, it should be fine. Some teachers even have ‘no harassment’ signs. You have to phrase it properly and be inclusive,” Ms. McKim said.

“I think it’s a really good idea because some students can’t go home and talk to other people about this. Teachers can help students by letting them know that there is always someone to talk to,” GSA treasurer Maura Hayse (10) said. 

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