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May 18, 2016 | North America: Connecticut

Mystic Middle School

By mms

My school is doing a pledge and if you sigh the poster that says spread the word to end the word you get a bracellet that says it.View Story ▼My school is doing a pledge and if you sigh the poster that says spread the word to end the word you get a bracellet that says it. I have ADHD and i have had people call me the r word but I stand up for myself and other people at my school. please help us get rid of the r word

About mms:I love singing and pandas
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May 13, 2016 | North America: Illinois

Calling some one a retard is not good

By Fintan Soeding

I know the people calling me the R-word coulden't come up with anything better. I told them to think first before they speak.View Story ▼When I was 5 years old, I heard bigger kids saying "Hey, look at that little retard." I didn't know what that meant, so I just walked away. When I was 6, I learned what that word meant and people kept on calling me the R-word. That hurt me, but I know the people calling me that couldn't come up with anything better. I know they shouldn't have said that so I told them to think first before they speak. They said sorry, and I kept telling people to stop using the R-word.

About Fintan Soeding:I'm 11years old. I'm male. I think people should be more respectful to the disabled and think twice before they speak.
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May 09, 2016 | Asia Pacific: Australia

I'm sick of the word retarded

By mikes

I've had an intellectual disability all my life and people call me retarded. It's a very offensive word and a form of hate speechView Story ▼I've had an intellectual disability all my life and people call me retarded. It's a very offensive word and a form of hate speech and it just shows that some people are really socially unnaceptable and really need to grow up. Actually, don't be afraid to talk to a disabled person cause we are not scary in any shape or form. We just want what everybody else wants and that's to be accepted.

About mikes:Intellectual disability all my life
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May 09, 2016 | North America: Virginia

The R-Word Is Nasty

By Charlotte Meecham

I have ADHD/ADD, as does my brother. I can tolerate being called something hateful but I would never ever let someone get away with calling him anything bad.View Story ▼My mother is a teaching aide for a 6 year old girl who has Down Syndrome. I have very severe ADHD/ADD to the point where I have breakdowns sometimes. I have sensory issues as well. As does my brother. I can tolerate being called something hateful but I would never ever let someone get away with calling him anything bad. I hate the r-word with passion and I think it has no place in our culture. It shouldn't be something my classmates throw around so easily. They wouldn't do that with the n-word. Teachers ignore it and don't object to its use. That needs to stop. Watching the TV show Glee (I know, I know), and learning about the actor for Becky Jackson (Lauren Potter) is what led me to this website. I took the pledge and asked my friends to do likewise.

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April 27, 2016 | North America: Rhode Island

Stop the R-Word

By Hayden Theriault

Every day people call me the R-Word just because I have Asperger's syndrome and it makes me feel like I do not belong in this world.View Story ▼Every day people call me the R-Word just because I have Asperger's syndrome and it makes me feel like I do not belong in this world. I think that everyone should show respect towards people with disabilities. Have respect to get respect.

About Hayden Theriault:My name is Hayden and I am an athlete from Rhode Island. I have Asperger's syndrome and I do bowling, golf, basketball, swimming, volleyball, shot put, soccer, flag football, softball, and sailing.
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    Tampa, Florida
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    Jakarta Utara, Indonesia
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    Lincoln, Nebraska
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