Community candlelight vigil focuses on bullying
by Staff Reports
The LGBT Center at Appalachian State University will
sponsor the third annual Community Candlelight Vigil Monday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m.
on Sanford Mall on campus. The public is invited to attend. Free parking
is available within walking distance of the mall. Information on local and
national resources will be shared.
The vigil will address the bullying and harassment many
young people experience and raise awareness of the prevalence of suicide among
The featured speakers are Dr. Lori Gonzalez, provost and
executive vice chancellor, and Dean of Students J.J. Brown. Christine Davé,
assistant director of Learning Support Services at ASU; Rev. Tommy Brown with
Campus Ministries; and Lauren Fine, president of Hillel, will offer blessings
at the vigil.
Tommy Wrenn, a junior political science major, and William
Post, a sophomore accounting major, are co-coordinators for this year’s vigil.
“The first vigil was a profoundly touching experience in
my first semester at Appalachian,” Wrenn said. Post added, “The vigil
offers an opportunity for us to come together as a community. I cannot think of
a more powerful expression of unity and compassion.”
The October 2010 ceremony in Boone honored the memory of seven
teens from across the U.S. who took their own lives in the weeks preceding the
vigil. This year’s vigil will include a moment of silence to honor the
lives lost due to bullying and harassment of any kind.
Resources related to bullying, harassment and suicide prevention are available at http://www.lgbt.appstate.edu, http://counseling.appstate.edu, http://www.thetrevorproject.org, http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org and http://www.tylerclementi.org.