One student's index card card states: “I’m afraid the people I love will leave me.”
One student's index card card states: “I’m afraid the people I love will leave me.”

   “I’m worried I won’t go to college or achieve my goals in the future.”

   “I wish I was white.”

   “I’m afraid the people I love will leave me.”

   “I still like him.”

   “I really miss my dad.”

   Secrets and fears such as these were anonymously written down on cards, crowding a display case in Ripon High School’s entrance hallway.

   The display called “Post Secrets” was created by the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) and displayed this fall as part of Words Hurt week.

   According to a manual written by the original creators of the event on www.gsafe.org, Words Hurt week is a nationwide event used to create a more positive environment in the high school setting. It usually involves activities that aim to create student awareness to the slurs that are being used at school and how they are affecting their peers and those around them.

   Kat Griffith, who was the primary advisor for GSA last year and helped create past Post Secrets displays, explained the high school has observed Words Hurt week along with the display at least four times over the past several years.

   Read the full story, including how the display "Post Secrets" can benefit students and bring awareness to their struggles, in the Dec. 5, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.