by Steven Ertelt
October 26, 2005
Atlanta, GA (LifeNews.com) — For the most part, students at 1,200 college, high school and junior high campuses around the country participated without problems in the Students Day of Silent Solidarity. Pro-life students kept quiet the entire school day and distributed fliers telling their peers about abortion and its effect on women and children.
Bryan Kemper of Stand True Ministries, the event sponsor, says some participants were harassed and belittled by fellow students or school officials, but none like Brian Ramirez of Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Brian chose to wear his pro-life sweat shirt to school as part of the protest event and was told by the principle that if he did not remove it he would be suspended.
Not backing down, he refused and was suspended as a result. In addition, school officials told him he would be suspended every day he showed up to school wearing the pro-life sweatshirt.
"Students like Brian Ramirez who are willing to take a courageous stand for what they believe in should be applauded, not punished," Kemper said.
With his parents’ support, Brian plans to wear his sweatshirt again to Maxwell High School of Technology tomorrow.
"They will not break his spirit and will not take away his right to stand for what he believes in," Kemper concluded.
Before the even, Kemper said students were excited about participating.
"This year’s response to this event has been astounding," said Kemper. We now have commitments from students at over 1000 campuses and 5 countries and more are joining by the hour."
"These students are excited to have a united opportunity to stand up for the babies with fellow students from around the country in a peaceful and effective manner," said Kemper. "We have received many e-mails from students thanking us for giving them this opportunity, and telling us how excited they are to promote the event."