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July 21, 2014 | North America: Washington

R-word stops NOW!

By Maisy

I'm here to stomp out bullying one word at a time! I feel tht kids shouldn't bully each other.View Story ▼I was bullied and called the r-word so much, it was hard too keep myself going telling me that their jealous. It wasn't fair that I was called a r-word. I'm here to stomp out bullying one word at a time! I feel tht kids shouldn't bully each other. Lets stop the r-word

About Maisy :I'm a cheerleader, basketball player, and a softball player. I'm obsessed with Talia Joy, and pigs! I really hate bullying! Together we can stomp out bullying! Take the pledge to not say the r-word!
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July 21, 2014 | North America: Northern California

My hatred of the r-word

By Matthew C. Witteman

The reason I got involved in this in the first place is because I noticed that anyone who was even slightly different would always be called the r-word, and I think this is wrong.View Story ▼The reason I got involved in this in the first place is because I noticed that anyone who was even slightly different would always be called the r-word, and I think this is wrong. So, what is my story? Well, in 6th grade, because I have Asperger syndrome, everyone assumed I had an intellectual disability, and also everyone else who was not integrated into quote-unquote "Normal" society would get insulted heavily, mainly involving the r-word. In that same grade, there was a girl named Mary who was severely disabled, both mentally and physically, and she was a great person in every other sense. Anyway, people with intellectual disabilities always seemed to me like the very happiest people in the world. A kid named Talon, who had a speech impediment, got called the r-word. I did. Cody, who had PDD-NOS, was called that. Why is the r-word the only insult neurotypical kids can think up?

About Matthew C. Witteman:I am a 12-year-old with Asperger syndrome who gets called the r-word all the time, and I am to get tired of its usage
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July 10, 2014 | North America: New York

Stop the Use of the R-Word!!!!!

By Julianna V

Working with these amazing kids all these years has taught me so much about how disrespectful and degrading the r-word is! The people with these disabilities are capable of so much more than people think they are.View Story ▼For over 5 years now, I have been volunteering at an organization, Buddy Ball. Buddy Ball is a program where people volunteer to assist or teach children with special needs with playing sports such as soccer, track, and basketball. Working with these amazing kids all these years has taught me so much about how disrespectful and degrading the r-word is! The people with these disabilities are capable of so much more than people think they are. These people are intelligent, sweet, caring, and so much more!! I really would love it if these awesome people could be appreciated more for who they are. If I do hear someone using the r-word as a slur, which unfortunately is very often, I always try to explain to them and tell them not to use the word, because honestly it should not be used in a negative way at all. It is so important to get rid of using the r-word in a negative way because retarted people are not "dumb", or less than anyone else and people need to understand that!

About Julianna V:Im Julianna and I am now a Junior in high school, and have been volunteering for buddy ball since 5th grade. I sing and play soccer and track and want to pursue the career in occupational therapy!
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July 08, 2014 | North America: Connecticut

Never giving up

By Claire Burns

All my friends know how horrible I feel when people use the r-word, I work with special ed kids and want to be a teacher when I'm older.View Story ▼All my friends know how horrible I feel when people use the r-word, I work with special ed kids and want to be a teacher when I'm older. One of my best friends still uses the r-word constantly knowing that it is derogatory so every time she says it I have to explain to her why it's such a horrible word and how it makes people feel. I hope one day she will realize how much one word can impact someone, I'm doing all that I can.

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July 08, 2014 | North America: Virginia

The R-word makes me cringe.

By David Michael Bowen

I disgusts me to hear people flippantly using the r-word in their everyday comments. At my job, where I began working two and a half years ago, I swear I heard the word at least 5 times every day.View Story ▼I disgusts me to hear people flippantly using the r-word in their everyday comments. At my job, where I began working two and a half years ago, I swear I heard the word at least 5 times every day. Although I am a reserved person, I finally spoke up, said something to management about the way I cringe inside every time I hear it. Now, everyone knows not to use that word in my presence. And when they still slip and let it go, I give a glare, and sometimes they apologize. People need to realize how ignorant they appear when they use the word to describe what they feel is something or someone who is less than everything or everyone else. I have often imagined that the next time I hear the word at work, I will ask the speaker if the person he is referring to might also be a n____ or a f__ to see the reaction I would get. I know that person would think it racist and derogatory for me to say such a thing and give me "a look"; at which point I would simply give a look right back.

About David Michael Bowen:I have four lovely kids from 15 to 22 years old. It is truly amazing how different siblings can be. I love them all equally.
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