Students Take Stand On ‘R’ Word

Campaign, started by Special Olympics, asks students to sign pledge

Posted: December 8, 2012 at 4:52 a.m.

Mia Bautista, left, and Jonathan Main, Fayetteville High School seniors, sign Wednesday a pledge to stop using the word “retarded” while taking part in a national campaign organized by Special Olympics and backed at the school by the Bulldog Partners Club in the Bulldog Lobby at the school.

Some students at Fayetteville High School want to stop the use of the word “retarded” in casual conversation.

At A Glance

Awareness Campaign

The Spread the Word to End the Word campaign raises awareness about using the word “retarded” to refer to an action as less than ideal. The casual usage can make someone with an intellectual disability feel less than human, even if not meant to be offensive. Read more about this campaign, started by Special Olympics athletes, at


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