Approximately 425 students and staff members took a pledge to support the elimination and derogatory use of the “R-word” during a recent campaign at Lee’s Summit North High School.
Students and staff members had the opportunity to sign large pledge banners during lunch shifts on March 21 and 22. Students also viewed videos about this national campaign at school, and a video created by LSN students was shown at pledge tables in the cafeteria during lunchtime.
The pledge signed at LSNHS stated: “I have pledged to support the elimination of the derogatory use of the R-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.”
After signing the banners, students received a sticker to wear. The banners signed by students and staff are being displayed at LSNHS to promote awareness of the campaign.
The national campaign, known as Spread the Word to End the Word, focuses on eliminating the use of the word “retard(ed),” which hurts individuals with intellectual disabilities.